Nine settler youths were arrested Friday after violently breaking into the headquarters of the Judea and Samaria Division near Beit El, in the West Bank.
The nine, in their teens, were apparently protesting operations by security forces to evacuate West Bank settlements — among them the Ramat Migron outpost, located near the heavily contested settlement Migron.
“The message is this: leave us alone,” said one of the youths in an interview with Channel 2. “There are youths who have come here to settle, youths with values.”
One of the teens ran away before he could be arrested. The remaining were detained at the IDF base until they could be transferred to police custody, but were released later on Friday following a short interrogation.
“Ten Israeli disturbers of the peace broke into the Judea and Samaria Division headquarters bearing signs denouncing the IDF and protesting the Israeli policy toward Judea and Samaria with regard to the outpost issue,” said a Friday statement by the IDF Spokesperson.
“The IDF strongly condemns and regrets any attempt to drag it into political debates,” concluded the statement, adding that the incident was being investigated.
Meanwhile on Friday, Civil Administration workers tore down a structure which was illegally constructed in the Mitzpe Avihai outpost near Kiryat Arba on Independence Day. However, on Friday afternoon the settlers returned to the site and began to rebuild the structure.