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PHOTOS: Rage and Resignation as Police Evacuate West Bank Amona Outpost

Israeli police neared the end on Thursday of a days-long operation to evacuate Amona, an illegally-built outpost on the West Bank. Sitting on private Palestinian land, Amona has figured in numerous legal battles since its construction two decades ago. Israel had tried to broker a deal in which the settlers would be moved off their current plot to a neighboring stretch of land, but the country’s Supreme Court overruled that decision, ordering the government to remove the settlers last year. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to build a new settlement on state land for the evacuees, and has announced an expanded settlement-building program since the election of President Donald Trump. Here are some photos from the Amona operation.

Settlers attempt to prevent entrance of police by burning tires.

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Israeli police move into Amona for the evacuation.

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Settlers block road into Amona with stones.

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Police carry settler refusing to evacuate.

Amona settlers during the evacuation by Israeli police. Image by Getty Images

Police guard settlers before putting them on evacuation buses.

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Settlers loaded onto bus out of Amona.

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Israeli police break into synagogue where 200 holdouts, most of them teens, are resisting evacuation.

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Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon


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