Six settler families living in military camp for 10 years

Thursday, February 08, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Six settler families have lived in caravans inside a military camp in the Judean town of Hebron for more than a decade, and the Israeli army has no plans of uprooting them, even though the legality of their situation is questionable.

The caravans are in the middle of the Nahal brigade camp and the settlers use both gates: the main gate, which leads out to Shuhada Street, which is also used by the soldiers, and the rear gate, which leads onto Beit Romano.

The soldier barracks are separated from the settler caravans by a fence of corrugated metal.

While military sources said the camp was in “political question,” an Israeli army spokesman said the “area [in question] was occupied for military purposes in 1983. A petition against the occupation was filed with the Supreme Court, and it was rejected. In 1992 another petition was filed, which was withdrawn following an agreement with the petitioners [the Palestinians] that they could bring their case to the District Court in 30 days.”

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