An illegal Israeli settlement outpost erected near the larger Kiyrat Arba settlement in Hebron was evacuated by Israeli forces on the morning of Aug. 5, sparking violence from squatters. The outpost, a collection of wood buildings and tents in Hebron’s al-Buwayra area, was taken down and more than a dozen settlers removed from the area, who proceeded to torch Palestinian lands, witnesses said.
According to Israeli media, the area was known to settlers as Mitzpe Avihai, and those removed from the area were joined by tens of others from the nearby settlement, who were accused of vandalizing Israeli military vehicles at the scene. Hebron residents, who said they feared to leave their homes amidst the skirmishes, reported settlers were throwing stones at Israeli forces. Police were seen detaining some settlers. (Ma’an News Agency, Aug. 5)
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