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Report: Israeli army tightens settler outpost evacuation procedures

Oct. 9, 2011 11:21 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 9, 2011 11:33 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army has stopped soldiers who operate in the West Bank from taking part in dismantling illegal settlement outposts, Israeli media reported Sunday.

Military commanders will alone be notified of the operations in advance, Israeli daily Haaretz said, adding that the new measures were to prevent leaks that have led to violent protests by settlers against outpost evacuations.

A number of outposts will be evacuated after Jewish holidays in October, the report said.

Settlers who establish outposts on the fringes of Jewish-only settlements in the West Bank -- illegal under international law but authorized by Israel -- have clashed with Israeli army, and spurred a rise in revenge attacks on Palestinian communities.

On Wednesday settlers attacked an Israeli army patrol near Ramallah, with Israeli media reporting the clash followed rumors a settlement outpost was to be taken down.

A mosque in northern Israel and Christian and Muslim cemeteries in Jaffa were vandalized in the last week, with attackers scrawling "price tag" on the holy sites -- the term referring to settlers violence towards Palestinians in retaliation for Israeli government against settlements.
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