Israel demolishes structures erected at illegal outpost Homesh after terror attack

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

Israeli forces are razing structures set up on the illegal Homesh outpost in the aftermath of a deadly terror attack nearby, Israeli officials say.

The Homesh settlement was officially abandoned in 2005 under then-premier Ariel Sharon’s so-called disengagement plan. Shortly after, however, settlers established an illegal yeshiva on the site in the northern West Bank.

On Thursday night, Palestinian terrorists opened fire at a car full of students near the Homesh yeshiva, killing one of them, Yehuda Dimentman, and wounding two more.

Following the attack, settlers went up to the outpost and constructed a number of other structures as a form of protest.

This morning, the IDF declared the site a closed military site and representatives from the Defense Ministry’s Civil Authority, guarded by Israel Police officers, went up to the site and demolished the newly constructed plywood buildings, a spokesperson for Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians confirms.

Video footage from Homesh shows bulldozers demolishing some of the structures.

It is not immediately clear if the current yeshiva building, which was built illegally years ago, was also demolished.

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