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Israeli forces begin evicting settlers in Hebron

Israeli police say security forces have begun evicting settlers who illegally took over an apartment building in a combustible West Bank city.

The Associated Press

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JERUSALEM —

Israeli police say security forces have begun evicting settlers who illegally took over an apartment building in a combustible West Bank city.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says security forces have surrounded the house in the city of Hebron, which settlers entered last week without the required military approval.

He had no immediate information on any settler resistance.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JERUSALEM (AP) - Israel's prime minister is making new moves to try to save unauthorized settlement construction in the West Bank from demolition.

Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement on Wednesday that he has asked the attorney general to find a way to save the unauthorized Ulpana outpost from a Supreme Court demolition order. Five apartment buildings are to be razed by May 1.

Netanyahu says he also plans to provide the necessary approvals to legitimize three other unauthorized enclaves where hundreds of Jewish settlers live.

On Monday, Netanyahu blocked the military's order to evict settlers from a building in the West Bank city of Hebron that they occupied illegally.

Israeli settlement construction is a major obstacle to peacemaking with the Palestinians.

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