(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman and the Israel Police)

In accordance with article 22B of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005 the Prime Minister and Minister of Defense have ordered that today, August 23, 2005, the evacuation of the residents of communities due to be evacuated in the northern West Bank will commence.

IDF, Border Police and Israel Police forces have been operating since the early morning hours in two Israeli communities, Homesh and Sa-Nur, whose residents have yet to evacuate and are asking the residents and citizens to act in accordance with the law and evacuate the area by means of the IDF-organized transportation.

The evacuating forces are prepared to meet the citizens’ resistance to the evacuation and they will operate with all due sensitivity and determination to fully complete the mission.

The IDF and Israel Police continue to be on high alert in order to provide an immediate response to any security threats or disturbances that may arise.

August 23, 2005

Evacuation completed

On August 23, 2005, the evacuation of Sa-Nur and Homesh was completed. The residents of the other two communities in northern Samaria – Kadim and Ganim – had previously evacuated their homes voluntarily.

Today, August 23, 2005, the evacuation of the civilians present in the community of Sa-Nur was completed in accordance with paragraph 22B of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.

The community of Sa-Nur was home to 35 families prior to the disengagement.

IDF and Israel Police forces arrived this morning at the community and started evacuating the citizens in the houses and buildings of the community.

The security forces were faced with several incidents of resistance and barricaded protesters. Approximately 50 citizens barricaded themselves in the local girls seminary. After negotiation attempts failed, the forces broke into the building and evacuated those inside. Approximately 80 citizens barricaded themselves on the rooftop of an old British Police building and dozens more barricaded themselves inside the building. The barricaded citizens were evacuated by security forces with the use of cranes over the course of several hours.

In total, 620 people were evacuated by the security forces from the community.

During the course of the evacuation, an IDF officer, an IDF soldier, 2 policemen and one Israeli citizen were lightly injured. The officer was injured in his eye when an object was thrown at him. The soldier was stabbed in her arm during a confrontation with one of the protesters. The injured were transferred to the hospital for medical treatment.

IDF forces currently remain in the evacuated community of Sa-Nur. During the next several days, the Ministry of Defense will oversee the packing of the residents’ belongings, and the demolition of the houses in the community.

Today, August 23, 2005, the evacuation of the civilians present in the community of Homesh, which is located in the northern West Bank, was completed in accordance with paragraph 22B of the Implementation of the Disengagement Plan Law 2005.

The community of Homesh was home to 70 families prior to the disengagement.

IDF and Israel Police forces arrived this morning at the community and started evacuating the civilians in the houses and buildings of the community.

The security forces were faced with several incidents of resistance and barricaded protesters. Groups of civilians took control of houses which were vacated by families who had left the community, and barricaded themselves within the houses. In one of these instances, 80 girls barricaded themselves inside a house. Some of the girls evacuated willingly and the rest were evicted by the security forces. In another incident, approximately 20 girls tied themselves to one another and hurled bags of human waste, oil, vinegar and eggs at the policewomen who arrived to evacuate them. Security forces completed the evacuation today, in the late afternoon hours.

In total, 709 civilians were evacuated by the security forces from the community.

Presently, one civilian is left in the community. The civilian climbed up an electrical pole and refuses to climb down. Security forces are now negotiating with him and attempting to convince him to climb down and evacuate the community.

During the course of the evacuation 2 IDF soldiers, 3 policemen, and one Israeli civilian were lightly wounded. The wounded were evacuated to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.

IDF forces currently remain in the evacuated community of Homesh. In the upcoming days, the Ministry of Defense will oversee the packing of the residents’ belongings, and the demolition of the houses in the community.

Map of Northern Samaria

 Evacuation of northern West Bank

IDF Spokesman

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 Evacuation of northern West Bank