Border Police officers injured during Samaria outpost evacuation

Dozens of Jewish demonstrators clash with Border Police officers during dismantling of unauthorized outpost building.

Tags: Yitzhar
Arutz Sheva Staff ,

One of the injured Border Police officers
One of the injured Border Police officers
Police spokesperson

Dozens of right-wing activists clashed with Israeli security personnel at a hilltop outpost community near the town of Yitzhar, in Samaria Friday morning.

Two Border Police officers were injured during the clashes. Both are listed in light condition. One was beaten by protesters, the other was sprayed in the face with pepper spray.

One of the demonstrators, a man in his 20s, was arrested after he used pepper spray on one of the two Border Police officers listed as injured from the incident.

The incident occurred during an operation to evacuate and dismantle an unauthorized structure built in the Kumi Uri neighborhood near Yitzhar.

At least 30 protesters gathered in Kumi Uri Friday to rebuild a wooden structure which had been previously demolished by Israeli security personnel.

Israel’s Defense Ministry declared the site a closed military zone following the previous demolition, giving security personnel to remove anyone present at the site.

After the activists began rebuilding the illegal structure Friday, Border Police and police officers were dispatched to the scene to remove the activists and dismantle the structure.

According to a statement by the police department, officers encountered road blocks en route to Kumi Uri.

The demonstrators hurled objects at the officers and burned tires at the scene. In some cases, protesters used pepper spray on security personnel.

Security personnel eventually dispersed the protesters and dismantled the unauthorized structure.