Police evacuate Homesh settlers by force

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Police began evacuating settlers individually and by force on Wednesday morning from the former settlement of Homesh. Hundreds of protesters, who marched to the former settlement that was dismantled when the government uprooted its citizens from its Land in the summer of 2005, spent two nights in the Samarian settlement hoping to take back the Land.

Israel Radio said bulldozers were sent to destroy the shelters and tents and reported that police were picking up the demonstrators and taking them away.

Judea and Samaria police chief Cmdr. Yisrael Yitzhak told Army Radio that the forces in the field were “not rushing anywhere.”

“We're appealing to the rationality of the people here and hoping that they will understand that we came here to carry out the evacuation,” said Yitzhak. “The more they cooperate with us and don't create difficulties, the sooner we can finish the operations.”

According to reports, some 300 settlers have already been removed from Homesh.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army permitted two buses to bring people to Homesh to attend the Brit Mila (circumcision) of a son of a family that was evacuated from the settlement in 2005.

On Monday, more than 2,000 people marched to Homesh to protest the withdrawal in 2005 from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria.

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