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Netanyahu orders crackdown on pro-settler vandals

Published on Apr 9, 2014 2:01 AM

JERUSALEM (REUTERS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday ordered a crackdown on pro-settler activists accused of assaulting Israeli troops at a Jewish enclave in the occupied West Bank.

Following news reports that settlers had thrown stones at reservist troops, slashed their tents, spilled kerosene and overturned equipment at a Jewish enclave near Nablus, Netanyahu demanded that defence chiefs "act with all due force" to enforce the law.

There were no reported injuries in the assault, which settlers said followed the military's razing of homes built near the enclave of Yitzhar without government authorisation.

Israeli public anger was particularly piqued at the vandalism amid publication of embarrassing accounts of soldiers standing idly by as their encampment was destroyed.

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