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