Settlers Move Into Hebron Home Near Patriarchs Cave
IDF Says Move Is a ‘Dangerous Provocation’
JERUSALEM — Several dozen settlers moved into a home located near the Cave of the Patriarchs that they say they purchased.
The settlers moved into the house after midnight Wednesday night. They say they have papers proving ownership, according to reports.
The Palestinian owner of the house was taken by the Palestinian police for questioning, according to Ynet, citing sources in Hebron.
The IDF moved in to the area after news of the takeover became public. It declared the immediate area a closed military zone. The IDF and police have opened an investigation into the ownership of the home.
The IDF called the move “an irresponsible move and a dangerous provocation that may inflame spirits, especially ahead of Land Day.”
Settlers reportedly have been purchasing homes and land in Hebron for many years, though many of the purchases have been legally contested, according to Ynet.