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Mon 15 Jul 2013

New deadline to evacuate Amona expires

  • By Yafit Lazar and 1 other
  • Laast Update: 2 years ago
  • Israel

West Bank settlement

Wikipedia-Daniel Ventura

Israel faces a new deadline to evacuate Amona, the largest unauthorised outpost in the West Bank. The new deadline was set on January 1 by Israel's Supreme Court that ordered the state to evacuate the settlement.

The decision, which was made by a three-judge panel led by Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, extended the original deadline which was set for the end of 2012. The extension came as a response to the state's request for a six-month deferral.

The court also added that the state would have to provide a situation update by March and ordered the residents to submit a position paper explaining their stance. Such reports are thought to be used as an indication to whether the state and outpost residents would come to an agreement on a peaceful evacuation and how many structures would be demolished.

Amona, which is in the northern West Bank between Jerusalem and Nablus, was established in 1995 on land owned by Palestinians.

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