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Sneh: Settlers to leave Hebron building

Settlers occupying a vacant Palestinian building in Hebron will be removed from the structure, Israel’s deputy defense minister said. Ephraim Sneh told Army Radio that the settlers were essentially expanding the Jewish settlement in Hebron – a step that requires Knesset approval – and would be removed by April 19, Ha’aretz reported. “The selection of this building was not incidental,” Sneh said. “This building is not next to other settler homes in Hebron. It is part of these people’s strategic attempt to change the internal situation in Hebron.”The settlers said they had legally purchased the four-story building in an Arab neighborhood of the divided city.