Sunday, May 07, 2006

Chevron homes cleared out

Ynet: Security forces completed the evacuation of families and barricaded settler youths from the illegally occupied Shapira home in Hebron around 10 a.m. Sunday. Troops were deployed across the West Bank town following the evacuation in order to prevent settlers from disrupting the peace. The IDF prepared to seal off the evacuated structure in order to prevent settlers from returning to the site.The troops moved in around 6:40 a.m. and attempted to enter the home through the front door. For about an hour, forces were sawing off the iron door at the entrance to the compound and were finally able to break through it at 7:40 a.m.....Police officers proceeded to remove equipment placed by settlers on the ground floor in order to allow troops to move in. After breaking through the first door, the forces encountered another door and were working to get through it as well.Meanwhile, one of the families staying inside the house decided to leave voluntarily. Minutes later, a second family also left on its own, aside from the mother, Tzipi Shlisel, who was forcefully removed by police officers. The third family also left on its own shortly thereafter, but dozens of youths remained in the house and barricaded themselves in separate rooms for boys and girls...About 1,000 police officers and soldiers wearing helmets and wielding clubs encircled the Shapira house Sunday morning ahead of the evacuation. Earlier, the troops deployed around the house, took control of its roof, and also occupied roofs around the home. The forces deployed in three rings, with the first two made up of police and Border Guard forces. The third ring is made up of IDF troops protecting the forces and settlers against terror attacks. Meanwhile, dozens of settlers barricaded themselves inside the house, mostly teenagers who came to offer resistance to the evacuation............
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