Israel forces Palestinians from 'tent city'

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Israeli police backed by bulldozers evicted Palestinian protesters from a hilltop camp they set up in a West Bank area slated for Jewish settlement, witnesses said.

About 200 Palestinian activists set up the camp, named Bab al-Shams (Gate of the Sun in Arabic), on Friday in the controversial E1 area between Israeli annexed east Jerusalem and the illegal settlement of Maaleh Adumim.

The protesters had defied Israeli orders to leave until police moved in at around 2.30 am (00:30 GMT) Sunday.

"Hundreds of Israeli police came from all directions, surrounding all those who were in the tents and arresting them one by one," Palestinian legislator Mustafa Barghouti said.

Al Jazeera's Jane Ferguson reports from Jerusalem.