JERUSALEM – Israeli police evacuated Jewish settlers on Tuesday from 15 houses illegally built on private Palestinian land in the West Bank.
Police said about 500 protesters demonstrated against the evacuation, throwing rocks and bottles at the police and several dozen barricades in a house. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said six officers were injured in the fighting and police arrested three protesters.
Protesters opposed to the measure also blocked the entrance to Jerusalem, snarling traffic.
Rosenfeld said that the evacuation of most houses without problems, with families leaving their homes without resistance.
After the eviction, Israeli forces are expected to demolish the structures at the unauthorized outpost of Netiv HaAvot. The government says it will compensate residents and rebuild their homes on nearby lands that are not privately owned.
The Supreme Court of Israel ordered the eviction in 2016, saying that the houses were illegally built on private Palestinian land without determining the precise ownership of the land. A law passed last year that legalizes dozens of settler outposts in the West Bank is currently being challenged in the High Court.
Israel captured the West Bank along with East Jerusalem from Jordan in the 1967 war, and today they live in those 600,000 settlers areas. Most of the international community considers settlements to be illegal or illegitimate.
The Palestinians seek the territories along with the Gaza Strip for the expected state.