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Israeli youths burn tires, block highway to protest Amona evacuation

Two arrested, Route 60 quickly reopened after demonstration against planned razing of illegal West Bank outpost

Illustrative: Givat Amal residents burn tires on December 29, 2014. (Amir Levi/Flash90)
Illustrative: Givat Amal residents burn tires on December 29, 2014. (Amir Levi/Flash90)

Dozens of Israeli youths burned tires and blocked a major West Bank highway on Wednesday in protest of the planned razing of an illegal outpost, the first signs of violence as police prepare for what may be a violent showdown next month.

Two people were arrested for disturbing the peace during the demonstration in support of the Amona outpost which took place on Route 60, near the settlement of Ofra.

According to police, several dozen Israelis barricaded the highway with stones and burning tires.

The other protesters dispersed when officers showed up, police said, and the road was quickly cleared and reopened to traffic.

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“The area is now quiet,” the police said.

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The Amona outpost has been ordered to be evacuated by December 25, in accordance with a High Court ruling that found the settlement had been built on private Palestinian land, though right-wing lawmakers are currently scrambling to find a solution that will prevent the outpost’s demolition.

The 2006 clashes in Amona (Photo credit: Nati Shohat/ Flash 90)
The 2006 clashes in Amona (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

Currently, Israeli security forces are preparing for the possibility of violent clashes to accompany the outpost’s demolition.

In 2006, over 220 people were injured in clashes with security forces during the destruction of numerous homes in the outpost.

Judah Ari Gross contributed to this report

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