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Security Forces Arrive to 'Finish the Job' at Oz Tzion

Security forces in large numbers arrive at the Samaria outpost of Oz Tzion in order to finish the demolition that was started on Friday.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/30/2012, 1:49 AM

Security forces in large numbers arrived at the Shomron (Samaria) outpost of Oz Tzion on Saturday night, in order to finish the demolition that was started on Friday afternoon.

The Tazpit news agency reported that ten police and IDF jeeps, along with a bulldozer belonging to the Civil Administration, arrived at the outpost overnight. The report added that clashes broke out between the forces about 30 people who were present in the outpost. One of them was detained for questioning.

Local residents also reported that the troops confiscated equipment such as clothing, beds, purses and bags. In total three buildings were demolished using the bulldozer.

The IDF was forced to stop the eviction from Oz Tzion on Friday afternoon when locals resisted eviction. The soldiers had to retreat, but the IDF had announced that the eviction will resume on Saturday night, after Shabbat.

Large forces had arrived at the outpost, which is located in the Binyamin region, shortly before Shabbat. Local residents reported that the officers used tear gas and stun grenades to try and evict about 200 youths who erected an improvised structure and put up several tents.

Violent clashes erupted between the two sides and one person was arrested. The IDF said its forces were attacked with rocks and that five officers were lightly wounded. The eviction was halted because of the Sabbath.

Dozens of youths who stayed at Oz Tzion over the Sabbath left the community after the Saturday evening havdala prayer. The youths spent the Sabbath at the outpost along with Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the Rabbi of Tzfat, and Rabbi Dov Lior of Kiryat Arba.

The two rabbis had driven to nearby Ofra Friday, to negotiate an agreement according to which security forces would stop trying to evict the youths, and the youths would leave voluntarily at the Sabbath's end.

Tzipi Livni, head of the Hatnua party, blamed Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett for the violence at the Oz Tzion outpost.

Bennett reacted to Livni's accusation after the Sabbath on his own Facebook page, under the heading, "You Too, Tzipi Livni?"