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Jewish settlers begin leaving West Bank outpost

Published on Sep 2, 2012 5:08 PM
Jewish settler youths sit atop a structure in the illegal outpost of Migron, near the West Bank city of Ramallah, after Israeli police officers handed eviction orders to the residents Sept 2, 2012. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MIGRON, Palestinian Territories (AFP) - Several Israeli families began leaving the West Bank settler outpost of Migron early Sunday as a court deadline for their evacuation loomed, an AFP correspondent reported.

Migron, the largest and oldest settlement outpost in the occupied West Bank unauthorised by Israeli authorities, was built on private Palestinian land and in August 2011 Israel's Supreme Court ordered that it be cleared.

The evacuation has been repeatedly delayed in the face of fierce settler opposition, but last week the court said the 50 or so families resident in the outpost had to be out by the end of Tuesday.

A handful of mostly women and children were seen leaving their homes early Sunday, although none appeared to be taking their luggage with them, the AFP correspondent reported. Graffiti and signs on their homes sounded defiant tones. "Migron, we shall return," and "We will never forget Zionism," slogans read. But the outpost's residents were largely silent, trying to avoid being questioned or photographed by the media scrum.

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