Police remove 9 families from homes in Ofra ahead of demolition

Israeli forces evacuate illegal settler homes in West Bank

Dozens of protesters blocked the eviction of settlers from their homes in Ofra, in the West Bank, on February 28, ahead of the planned demolition of the settlement.

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled that the homes were illegally built on private Palestinian land and ordered them evicted by March 5.

Police carried some of the settlers and protesters out of the red-roofed structures in the settlement of Ofra, while others walked out, escorted by officers.

On Tuesday police were entering the homes and removing young protesters one at a time, an AFP reporter said. "At the same time, negotiations are continuing with the settlers and local leadership, to allow the operation to go forward without violence", police said in a statement.

The Palestinian group denounced Israel for using the corpses for political ends, totally disregarding the feelings of their families who want their children back to give them a proper burial at home.

A pro-settlement activist climbs onto a rooftop of a house to resist evacuation of some houses in the settlement of Ofra in the occupied West Bank, during an operation by Israeli forces to evict the houses.

Amona residents announced they would begin a hunger strike today until the government keeps its commitment to build them a new settlement. The court rejected last minute petitions to halt the demolition or have the buildings sealed off.

Israel distinguishes between those settlements it has authorized and those built without official permission, deeming them "outposts".

More than 400,000 Jewish settlers live in the West Bank since Israel occupied the territory since the Six-Day War in 1967.

Three weeks ago, Israel's parliament retroactively legalized about 4,000 settler homes built on privately owned Palestinian land.

The settlements are considered illegal under global law, and the worldwide community sees them as an obstacle to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.