Israeli soldiers and settlers clashed on Thursday evening at the West Bank settlement of Shavei Shomron after the army arrived to install a new gate in preparation for the upcoming Israeli withdrawal from four neighboring settlements.
Soldiers attempted to install an iron gate at the settlement exit, but settlers from Homesh and Sar-Nur, two of the four WestÃ‚Â BankÃ‚Â settlements slated for evacuation, clashed with them and prevented the installation, according to an Israeli military source.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“The assailants are criminals,Ã¢â‚¬Â the army source said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“They are attacking soldiers who are sent to protect their lives.Ã¢â‚¬Â
ResidentsÃ‚Â of Sa-Nur settlement also prevented officials of the Israeli Defence Ministry and Disengagement Administration from entering the settlement while they were touring the West Bank settlementsÃ‚Â due for evacuation.