Israeli Police spokesperson, Micky Rosenfeld, stated that six Israeli policemen and five settlers were injured during violent clashes that took place on Thursday when the Israeli police dismantled an illegal settlement outpost near the central West Bank city of Ramallah.The Israeli police moved into the illegal outpost in an attempt to dismantle it, while extremist Israeli settlers attacked them. The illegal outpost, Ali Ayan, was recently installed on private Palestinian property.
Rosenfeld said that as soon as the police moved into the outpost, the settlers started throwing stones and empty bottles at them.
During the clashes, six police officers and five settlers were injured.
Later on, a firebomb was hurled at a police vehicle that was parked several kilometers away; the police believes that the attack was carried out by Jewish settlers in response to dismantling the outpost. The police initiated a probe and arrested six settlers.
A similar outpost was dismantled by the police in the West Bank on March 30. Clashes also took place and nine settlers were detained.
Also on Thursday, a group of extremist settlers of the Yitzhar illegal settlement, near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, attacked Madama Palestinian village, and torched Palestinian fields, planted with wheat.
Following the attack, the police arrived at the scene and fired gas bombs at local Palestinians who clashed with the settlers; no injuries were reported.
In another incident, settlers allegedly blocked a road between Nablus & Qalqiliya and prevented Palestinians from using it. As’ad At-Taweel, 15, Adnan At-Taweel, 35, and Awad At-Taweel, 40, were all taken to hospital with what are described as ‘moderate’ injuries.
Under international law, all settlements in the occupied territories, including in occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal.