Police, settlers clash during demolition


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Eight police officers were injured by residents of a West Bank settlement after they assisted in the demolition of two building foundations erected in violation of a construction freeze.

Residents of the Beit El settlement, many of them teenagers, threw stones and light bulbs filled with paint at police after Tuesday morning’s demolitions, as they prevented the officers from leaving the community to protest the action, according to reports.

The police sprayed the protesters with tear gas. Four of the protesters were arrested, Ynet reported.

It was the first scuffle between demolition forces and settlers in about a month. The 10-month freeze on construction in Jewish settlements in the West Bank went into effect last November.

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