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Report: IDF Used UAV to Catch 'Price Tag' Vandals

Border Police operated a UAV near Yitzhar to catch nationalists who might carry out 'price tag' in the act.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/19/2011, 12:14 AM

Destruction at Mitzpe Yitzhar.
Destruction at Mitzpe Yitzhar.
Samaria Residents' Council

As Border Police officers were demolishing homes in the Mitzpe Yitzhar outpost last week, they were operating an unmanned aerial vehicle designed to capture right-wing activists who may try to commit ‘price tag’ operations in Arab villages in response to the demolitions, Channel 10 News reported on Sunday.

According to the report, the UAV conducted surveillance and filmed the area between the outpost and nearby Arab villages in an attempt to catch activists while “in the act.”

The report added that security forces stationed on the outskirts of the nearby villages were equipped with cameras so that they could record the activists if they arrive.

Last Thursday morning, Border Police officers arrived without warning in large numbers in the outpost of Mitzpe Yitzhar in the Shomron and destroyed two buildings.

Local residents reported that the troops had entered the community through a nearby Arab village instead of the through the main road.

The two buildings that were demolished were a trailer home and an agricultural structure. There were no clashes between local residents and security forces during the demolition.

Immediately after the forces left the residents, along with supporters who arrived from around the country, began to rebuilding the homes.