Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has overruled the planned eviction of Jewish settlers from a building in an occupied West Bank city that is flashpoint of tensions with Palestinians.
Some 20 settlers moved into the Hebron building last Thursday, seeking to expand a settlement of 500 families in the heart of a biblical city heavily populated by Palestinians.
The settlers say they bought the two-storey building from its Palestinian owner. This is disputed by Palestinian police. Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak ordered the settlers out by 3pm yesterday.
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