Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Tuesday evicted Jewish settlers from 15 homes in the Netiv HaAvot unauthorized outpost which was built illegally on private Palestinian land near Bethlehem in the West Bank.

Israel's Supreme Court ordered the eviction in 2016, saying the homes were illegally built on private Palestinian land. The eviction action was taken in response to an appeal filed by the Palestinian owners of the land on which the outpost was illegally constructed.

The Israeli government said it has allocated 60 million shekels for evicting the settlement and compensating the residents.  It will rebuild their homes on nearby lands that are not privately owned.

Haaretz Hebrew newspaper quoted Israeli security sources as saying that a deal has been reached with the settlers on the eviction order whereas the protests are confined to only two buildings.

A large number of Israeli protesters including ministers and right-wing leaders demonstrated against the eviction.