Yair Altman
March 14, 2011 - 12:00am

Some 200 settlers marched on Monday from the West Bank settlement of Itamar to the nearby Palestinian village of Awarta as an act of protest in the aftermath of Friday night's brutal murder of five members of the Fogel family.

Earlier, the Palestinians reported that two officers of the Palestinian security establishment were arrested in connection with the massacre.

Police said 14 of the settlers, who, according to the Palestinians, were masked, infiltrated the village and threw stones at homes. Border Guard and IDF forces entered the village and dispersed the rioting settlers.

Awarta was declared a closed military zone last Friday due to suspicions that the murderers of the Fogel family are residents of the village. Twelve other suspects were arrested in the village, the Palestinians said.

Among the protesting settlers was Ehud Stodenia, deputy chairman of the Shomron Council, who said the terror attack in Itamar "will only strengthen us."

Also on Monday, a number of settlers marched up a hill near Itamar to support the construction of an outpost there. Two structures were built at the site following the Fogel family massacre.


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