Israel removes protest shacks near embattled West Bank site

September 12, 2018 - 8:27 pm

KHAN AL-AHMAR, West Bank (AP) — Israeli forces have dismantled five corrugated metal shacks that had been set up by Palestinian activists protesting the anticipated razing of a nearby West Bank hamlet.

Protest leader Abdullah Abu Rahmeh says about 200 soldiers converged on the area of the Khan al-Ahmar encampment before dawn Thursday, dismantled the shacks and loaded the parts onto trucks.

Protesters chanted "Out, out, terrorist army," as the trucks and soldiers left after daybreak.

Israel's Supreme Court rejected an appeal last week, paving the way for Khan al-Ahmar's demolition.

Israel says Khan al-Ahmar was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents a few miles away.

The Khan al-Ahmar encampment has focused attention on what critics say is the continued displacement of Palestinians by Israel in the context of settlement expansion.