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Israeli police evict illegal Hebron settlers - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Israeli forces have evicted a group of settlers from a disputed house in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank, a day after they were ordered to leave the property, police said.

"Police have completed the evacuation of the house in Hebron," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said on Wednesday, indicating 15 people had been escorted off the premises, among them women and children.

No-one was injured in the operation which began shortly after 1:00pm (1000 GMT), and involved police, border police and troops, he said, adding that the eviction was the result of a "government decision".

Six families of Jewish settlers moved into the property a week ago, claiming they had legally purchased one floor of the building from its Palestinian owners.

But the Israeli defence ministry said they had not obtained the necessary military permits for the purchase and on Monday ordered them to leave the premises within 24 hours.

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