'We embrace our soldiers in the Samaria Brigade'

Head of Samaria Council meets with soldiers involved in confrontation with Jewish youth on Saturday.

Eliran Aharon,

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Samaria Regional Council Chairman Yossi Dagan met today, Tuesday, with the Commander of the Samaria Regional Brigade, Col. Gilad Amit, against the backdrop of the confrontation between the IDF and Jewish youth that took place last weekend at the “Rosh Yosef” hilltop.

The soldiers involved in the incident participated in the event, and the leaders of the Samaria communities of Havat Gilad and Itamar also participated.

Dagan council told the brigade commander and the brigade officers: "I encourage on the public level all those who are working to establish new communities in Judea and Samaria.”

"It is also clear to me that the vast majority of activists and people who care about the subject - even during struggles - honor and back our dear IDF soldiers who protect the security of the state of Israel."

Dagan wanted to convey a message of friendship to the soldiers: "We embrace the soldiers and encourage them. They are doing holy work in Samaria and throughout the state of Israel."

Earlier this week, the IDF Spokesman said that an IDF force carrying out an operational mission near Itamar in Samaria on Saturday was attacked by Israeli rioters who were present, throwing rocks to the point of endangering the force. The force reacted with tear gas and riot control measures and fired into the air to keep the rioters away.

Later, three suspects were arrested and taken for questioning by Israel Police. "The IDF views with great severity the use of violence against its forces and will continue to enforce law and order in conjunction with the rest of the security forces," the IDF Spokesman said.

The Honenu legal aid organization assisting the detainees presented a different picture, however. Their sources said an IDF force arrived during the Sabbath to evacuate an outpost near Itamar and fired gas and even live ammunition at youths, some of them minors. According to testimonies, the live fire was directed near some of the minor's heads.


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