Israeli security forces stand guard as Jewish settler are forced out of two homes in the West Bank city of Hebron, Friday, Jan. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/ Nasser Shiyoukhi)
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Ministers and members of parliament from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party decried Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's refusal to sign off on the settlers' occupation of the homes in Hebron, a city of high tension between Palestinians and Israeli.Hebron, a city of about 220,000 Palestinians in the south of the West Bank, has long been a source of tension, fueled by the presence of around 1,000 Jewish settlers who live in the heart of the city protected by Israeli troops.Israeli settlements in occupied territory are highly contentious.About 550,000 Israeli settlers live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem combined while about 350,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem and 2.7 million in the West Bank.
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