Hebron squatters evicted


Israeli security forces evicted Jewish settlers who had taken over disputed properties in Hebron.

Thousands of soldiers and police descended on the West Bank city Tuesday to remove two Israeli families squatting in abandoned apartments. The evictions met with resistance from settlers who pelted the security forces with stones. Four people were arrested and at least 30 injured, including several policemen.

The settlers had argued that the properties, converted stalls in Hebron’s wholesale market, had originally belonged to Jews. The city’s Palestinian residents disputed that claim.

Twelve soldiers who refused to take part in the evacuation Monday were court-martialed and sent to the stockade. Most of them will serve 28-day sentences.

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