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Police demolish Palestinian protest outpost

Activists removed from second such tent city erected on controversial E1 land east of capital

Palestinians set up the protest tent outpost in front of camera crews on March 20. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi//Flash90)
Palestinians set up the protest tent outpost in front of camera crews on March 20. (photo credit: Issam Rimawi//Flash90)

Police dismantled an illegal Palestinian outpost early Sunday morning which had built on a controversial strip of land last week meant to protest US President Barack Obama’s visit to the region.

Hundreds of police converged on the outpost built on the E1 strip of land between Jerusalem and the Ma’aleh Adumim settlement, and removed some 40 Palestinians from the area, Israel Radio reported.

Activists on Twitter said that outpost residents were loaded onto buses and taken away. A picture posted to Twitter showed several activists being carried away by police.

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The tent city was set up four days earlier to protest the US administration’s policies, which the protesters saw as biased toward Israel.

Israel recently announced plans to go ahead with a development plan for the strip of land, a move that was widely condemned by the international community, including Washington.

The city, which went by the names Grandchildren of Yunis and Bab al-Shams, was the second such protest outpost set up in the area recently.

In January, Palestinians also established an illegal outpost in the E1 corridor, which Israel evacuated.

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