Israeli police: 23 officers hurt by stone-throwing settlers

AMONA, West Bank (AP) – Israeli police faced stiff resistance early yesterday as they tried to dismantle mobile homes of settlers who had moved back into an illegal West Bank outpost, with 23 officers lightly injured by stone-throwing settlers.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the Israeli troops were enforcing a court-ordered evacuation of two homes, popularly called caravans, when they were pelted with rocks and stones from some of the 300 protesters in Amona, in the northern West Bank. One officer was stabbed with a sharp object. Police dragged away several protesters with bleeding cuts.

Rosenfeld said police responded with non-lethal means and arrested seven settlers on the scene. Dozens of mattresses remained strewn about the abandoned structures.

The outpost was dismantled two years ago after the Supreme Court ruled that it had been built on private Palestinians land.

Israeli settlers dismantle makeshift stairs outside a caravan they had brought to the former outpost of Amona near the Jewish settlement of Ofra following clashes with security forces as dozens of settlers were evicted early yesterday from the former outpost in the occupied West Bank. – AFP