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Israeli Settlements: Illegal Outpost of Amona Dismantled

(February 1, 2006)

On Febraury 1, 2006, following the order to evacuate the illegal outpost of Amona, units from the Israel Police, Israel Defense Forces and Border Police completed the evacuation and demolition of the nine illegal permanent structures in the outpost.

Throughout the course of the evacuation Israeli security forces were met with acts of violence from the thousands of protestors who had barricaded themselves in the structures. The acts included both verbal and physical violence and the hurling of rocks, eggs and paint at the forces. Eight-six police officers, Border Police officers and IDF soldiers and 140 Israeli civilians were wounded in the confrontation.

IDF helicopters assisted in evacuating the wounded to various hospitals.

Security forces arrested 32 rioters who were using extreme violence against the forces in the evacuated area and dozens of other rioters were arrested in various locations around the evacuated area and along the access routes leading to it.

The IDF and Israeli Police will continue to enforce law and order and carry out the decisions of the political echelon and condemn any acts of violence towards security personnel.

Sources: Israeli Foreign Ministry