Israeli police have removed radical Jewish youths from the West Bank city of Hebron.
They had gathered there to protest against the planned eviction of a small settler enclave in the city’s market after Israel’s High Court declared their presence illegal.
The evacuation comes after several day of riots in Hebron – the scene of frequent bloodshed – where 400 Jewish settlers live among 120,000 Palestinians. A couple of dozen police in riot gear moved into the enclave after the army declared a closed military zone to all Israelis from outside Hebron.
In the northern West Bank city of Tulkarm, a Palestinian militant was killed in a pre-dawn raid. Witnesses said Israeli soldiers surrounded the suspected hideout where the Hamas leader was holed up and shot him dead during an exchange of fire.
Hamas, which is taking part in the upcoming legislative election, has accusedIsrael of seeking to provoke bloodshed ahead of the vote.