Security forces on Monday began evacuating an illegal outpost near the settlement of Shiloh that has been razed and rebuilt roughly a dozen times since its establishment in 2011.
A Border Police spokesman told The Times of Israel that forces were demolishing a pair of wooden structures that stood on the West Bank hilltop.
Just one family was said to have been living in Geulat Tzion on a permanent basis, but they frequently hosted youth from neighboring outposts who assisted them in agriculture work on the hilltop.
Last week, the residents posted a video on YouTube calling on those “interested in raising settlement to the next level” to join them in working the land on the West Bank hilltop.
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The outpost was once larger, housing several families as well as a yeshiva, but the frequent demolitions — often featuring clashes with soldiers — have apparently taken their toll.
Geulat Tzion is located on a hilltop adjacent to the construction grounds of the Amichai settlement for evacuees of the illegal Amona outpost, which was razed last February.
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In November, police detained four members of the family living in Geulat Tzion after they blocked construction trucks from entering the area for the third time in a week.
The family claims that the access road to Amichai runs through Geulat Tzion without their consent.