Arrests in Ramat Migron and Oz Tzion, 5 minors released

Thursday, May 17, 11:21 Last night security forces arrived at the Ramat Migron outpost in the Binyamin region. Civil Administration personnel, border policemen and soldiers arrived with an army tractor in order to destroy a permanent house in which residents of the outpost were living. They quickly destroyed it and arrested one of the residents of the house. From there the forces continued to the nearby Oz Tzion outpost. They informed everyone at the outpost that a closed military zone order was in effect and that they must immediately vacate the site. A group of young women at the site were arrested by policemen even though they had begun to prepare to leave. In all six young women were arrested, five of them minors. The arrestees were taken to the Sha’ar Binyamin Police Station for interrogation. The security forces destroyed two structures at the outpost and according to people at the scene the police conducted themselves with unnecessary violence while arresting the young women. During their interrogation the women claimed that after the policemen spoke they intended to leave the site, however they were arrested before they could do so. Honenu attorney Adi Kedar assisted the women at their interrogation. Out of the six young women arrested last night at the Oz Tzion outpost the five minors have been released at the Sha’ar Binyamin Police Station. The adult arrested at Oz Tzion and a young man (minor) who was arrested at Ramat Migron will be brought later today to the Jerusalem Magistrate Court. The ‘Tatzpit’ news agency reports that policemen, not policewomen, arrested the young women at Oz Tzion. Also some of the policemen did not wear identifying badges as required by law and some also wore masks.

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