Israel forces demolish 'wildcat' settler outpost

Israeli security forces overnight demolished two structures that Jewish settlers had erected to create a "wildcat" outpost in the occupied West Bank, a police spokesman said on Friday.

Soldiers and border policemen razed the makeshift structures of the Oz Zion outpost near the central city of Ramallah without incident, Luba Samri told AFP.

The security forces have dismantled structures erected at Oz Zion on several occasions in the past -- most recently in March -- but settlers have persisted in putting up new ones.

In a violent confrontation in December, more than 200 stone-throwing settlers drove off an attempt by security forces to dismantle structures put up at Oz Zion, wounding five border policemen. They were demolished the following day.

Israel deems settlement outposts built without government approval to be illegal and often sends security personnel to demolish them. They usually consist of little more than a few trailers.

The international community considers all settlements built in the West Bank -- including annexed Arab east Jerusalem -- to be illegal.