Israel Evicts Settlers From Hebron House (Video)

More than a dozen Jewish settlers are evicted from a house in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Police say group put up no resistance to eviction, hours after settlers were given three weeks to comply with order to leave.

More than a dozen Jewish settlers are evicted from a house in the West Bank city of Hebron Link to this video.

Israeli security forces have evicted a group of hardline settlers from a Palestinian house in Hebron, hours after the government said the settlers would have up to three weeks to comply with an order to leave.

The settlers put up no resistance, according to Israeli police, and the operation was completed within 20 minutes. The group, which claims to have bought the property, had earlier expressed confidence in being allowed to stay, saying they were preparing the house for Passover, which begins on Friday.

The settlers’ takeover of the house in the most sensitive area of the West Bank caused a row within the Israeli cabinet, with the deputy prime minister, Moshe Yaalon, openly criticising the defence minister, Ehud Barak, who authorised the original eviction order.

Barak had insisted on compliance with the law, but pro-settler members of the cabinet – some of whom made supportive visits to the house – accused him of taking unilateral and provocative steps. Israeli security forces were reported to be concerned that the settlers’ actions could lead to violent confrontations in Hebron.

The deadline for the settlers to leave the house voluntarily expired at 3pm on Tuesday, but the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, intervened and no action was taken. A meeting of senior politicians and officials decided late on Tuesday night to set a new deadline of 25 April.

The house was sealed following the eviction until ownership can be established by the Israeli courts.

The settlers had entered the house, close to the religious site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs and to Muslims as the Ibrahim mosque, in the early hours of last Thursday under police and army protection.

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