Israeli Police Arrest 6 Suspects In Settler Riot

By Salon Staff

Published December 29, 2011 9:36AM (EST)

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have arrested six Jewish extremists wanted for their role in a riot at a military base earlier this month.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld says police made the arrests overnight in several West Bank settlements and in Jerusalem. He said on Thursday those arrested are five adults and a minor.

Several dozen settlers and supporters entered the West Bank base on Dec. 13, attacked soldiers and vandalized military property. The riot appeared to be linked to rumors that the military was about to evacuate an unauthorized settlement outpost.

The attack was condemned by Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who said he had ordered police to take action against extremists among Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

Salon Staff

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