Settlers Begin To Evacuate Large West Bank Outpost

By: AP
By: AP

JERUSALEM (AP) -- Israeli police say they have handed out evacuation notices to residents of an unauthorized West Bank settlement outpost, ordering them to leave what Israel's supreme court has ruled is private Palestinian land.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says some families from the Migron settlement, some 15 kilometers (10 miles) north of Jerusalem, left their homes voluntarily early Sunday. The remainder must leave by Tuesday.

Israel's court ordered residents to evacuate earlier this year. The government asked for a three-year delay, but the court rejected that request.

The battle over Migron has been a rallying point for settlers defending their presence in the West Bank. Ultranationalists began settling Migron in 2001. The government says the settlers took over the territory unlawfully.

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