Israeli Settlers Burn Palestinian Fields After Illegal Outpost Dismantled

JERUSALEM (CNN) — Israeli settlers on Sunday set Palestinian fields and olive groves on fire after their illegal outpost in the West Bank was dismantled, Israeli military sources told CNN.

Israeli authorities arrested 13 settlers who refused orders to evacuate the Mitzpe Ami outpost near the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, an army spokesman said.

There were no injuries reported in the incident. The outpost is considered illegal under Israeli law.

The incident happened as the top U.S. envoy to the region, George Mitchell, wraps up his visit to the region, part of an effort to restart stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The United States has pressured Israel to halt settlement construction and dismantle illegal outposts.


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