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Hebron settlers to face eviction
Jewish settler family who face forced eviction from a Palestinian home in Hebron
The Jewish settlers face eviction
Israeli police authorities have issued orders for a group of Jewish settlers to leave a house they have occupied in the West Bank city of Hebron.

A police spokesman said the settlers would be removed by force if they did not leave voluntarily.

The settlers moved into the house in early April, saying they had bought it.

But the police say that the purchase documents are false and that the three families living in the building have no right to be there.

Hebron - which is home to about 170,000 Palestinians and several hundred Jewish settlers - has been the scene of frequent tensions between the two communities.

The house is situated within a Palestinian area of the Old City of Hebron, close to a controversial Jewish enclave and the Tomb of the Patriarchs, a site holy to Jews and Muslims.

Under a 1997 accord with the Palestinian Authority, Israeli troops evacuated 80% of the city but a heavy Israeli army presence remains to protect about 600.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967.

The international community considers all settlements, including those in East Jerusalem, as illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.

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