Tempers fray as Israel readies to raze West Bank Bedouin village

Scuffles have broken out between Israeli authorities and protesters who fear preparations are under way to raze a Bedouin village in a strategic part of the occupied West Bank, despite international calls for a ­reprieve.

Protesters, including some waving Palestinian flags, tried to block a bulldozer and tussled with police at Khan al-Ahmar, east of Jerusalem, on Wednesday.

Some climbed onto the bulldozer in protest.

Israeli police said 11 people were arrested. Israeli rights group B’Tselem said they included the organisation’s head of field ­research.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported 35 people injured, with four taken to hospital. Police said the injured included three officers, including one taken to hospital.

Police said stones were thrown at officers.

The confrontation came after activists said the Israeli military had issued a warrant to the 173 residents of Khan al-Ahmar on Tuesday, authorising soldiers to seize access roads to the village.

Read the report in The Australian.