Around thirty settler youths built a new hilltop
settlement in the northern West Bank on Friday, and will have until the end of
the Jewish Sabbath to leave the area.
Until the Sabbath ends, the Border Patrol will
provide security for the outpost, named "Mitzpeh Ami".
The Israel Defense Forces had begun evacuating the
outpost earlier on Friday, but only managed to remove a portion of the settlers
before the sun began to set.
During the evacuation a number of the
settler youths hurled stones at passing Palestinian automobiles.
The IDF issued a statement Friday that the claiming
of the hilltop was "provocation for the sake of provocation" due to its
proximity to the Sabbath