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Police Forces Evacuate Illegal Arab Outpost

Police forces evict the PA Arabs who had set up an illegal outpost in the E1 area during Obama's visit.
First Publish: 3/24/2013, 5:40 AM

  Arab outpost at E1 (file)
 Arab outpost at E1 (file)
Arutz Sheva

Police forces on Saturday night evicted the Palestinian Authority Arabs who had set up an illegal outpost in the E1 area, which connects between Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim.

Hundreds of officers from the Judea and Samaria Division of the Israeli Police arrived at the outpost at about 3:00 a.m., Channel 2 News reported.

The evacuation was completed within half an hour and ended without incident. Before it began, police said, "We intend to carry out the evacuation without riot dispersal means and without the use of force, but we will act firmly against those who take part in disturbances."

The illegal outpost was set up on Wednesday, as President Barack Obama began his visit to Israel, by approximately 200 PA Arabs who erected tents in the area.

The Arabs said they intended to send a message to Obama and “tell him: Obama -- enough with bias and support for Israel,” according to one of the organizers.

It was the fourth attempt in recent months by Arabs to establish facts on the ground and set up an illegal outpost near Jerusalem or in Judea and Samaria.

Last month the IDF was able to foil an attempt by some 30 Arabs to set up an illegal outpost at the community of Havat Maon, near Hevron.

IDF soldiers, who were deployed in the area ahead of time, were able to evacuate the illegal outpost quickly.

A week earlier, about 200 Arabs set up an illegal outpost near the village of Burin, not far from Shechem, in Samaria.