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Israeli Police conducts large-scale drill ahead of West Bank evacuation

Five apartment buildings in the Ulpana Hill neighborhood of the Beit El settlement are to be demolished for being built on privately owned Palestinian land.


by Yaniv Kubovich and Chaim Levinson, Haaretz

June 18, 2012 | 12:10 pm

Jewish settlers prepare for protest ahead of Israel's planned evacuation in the Ulpana neighbourhood of the Beit El settlement on June 12. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Jewish settlers prepare for protest ahead of Israel's planned evacuation in the Ulpana neighbourhood of the Beit El settlement on June 12. Photo by REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun

Israel Police began an extensive drill on Monday in preparation of the expected evacuation of the Ulpana Hill neighborhood in the West Bank settlement of Beit El.

More than a thousand police officers took part in the Jordan Valley drill, joined by special forces, mounted units and riot control forces.

Five apartment buildings in the neighborhood are slated by the Supreme Court for demolition because they were built on privately owned Palestinian land. Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein last week approved a plan to move residents of the five buildings to a nearby tract of land that was appropriated by the state in 1970 for military use.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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