Settler sics dog on border guard during outpost demolition
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Settler sics dog on border guard during outpost demolition

Officer sent to hospital with bitten leg, two other cops hurt in rioting in West Bank; police arrest two suspects

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative. Israeli police forcibly evacuate a young man from the synagogue of the illegal outpost of Amona on February 2, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative. Israeli police forcibly evacuate a young man from the synagogue of the illegal outpost of Amona on February 2, 2017. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

An Israeli settler was arrested after he sicced his dog on a Border Police officer during the demolition of an illegally built structure in a northern West Bank outpost on Sunday, the police said.

The border guard was bit on the leg in the Ein Amsha outpost and sent to Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital for medical treatment.

The  officers were called to Ein Amsha to assist the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration in the demolition of a building in the outpost, which is located just south of the Palestinian city of Nablus.

“During the eviction [of the building], the troops dealt with barriers that had been set up, fires that were started and violence by dozens of rioters that were in the area,” police said in a statement.

“The peak was when the dog was sicced on a Border Police officer by one of the rioters,” police added.

The dog’s owner  fled the scene and was caught after a short foot chase and arrested, police said. Police said the dog ran away, but they were looking for it.

Two other  police officers were also lightly injured by during the violent protests against the demolition. They were treated on the scene and did not require hospitalization.

A second suspect was arrested at the scene for allegedly attacking border guards, police said.

Despite the violent resistance, the police and Civil Administration completed the eviction and demolished the building.

“Security forces view with the utmost severity all types of attacks on troops carrying out their duty and defending local residents,” police said in a statement. “Security forces will continue to enforce law and order in the West Bank.”

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