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Diplomater från ett antal europeiska länder och FN har reagerat ilsket efter att israeliska soldater ingripit för att hindra dem från att leverera hjälp till beduiner på Västbanken. En fransk diplomat sa att hon tvingades till marken från sitt fordon.

Hjälpen levererades till Khirbet al-Makhul efter att bostäder där revs enligt ett beslut från högsta domstolen. En israelisk talesman sade att den granskade om diplomaterna hade missbrukat sina privilegier.

The homes in Khirbet al-Makhul were knocked down on Monday after Israel’s High Court ruled that they had been built without the correct permits. The diplomats said that as soon as they arrived, around a dozen Israeli army jeeps converged on them and ordered them not to unload their truck.

French diplomat Marion Fesneau-Castaing told Reuters news agency: “They dragged me out of the truck and forced me to the ground with no regard for my diplomatic immunity.  “This is how international law is being respected here.”

One European official described the Israeli actions as “shocking and outrageous”.

A spokesman for the British Consulate General in Jerusalem said it was “concerned at reports that the Israeli military authorities have prevented the affected community from receiving humanitarian assistance”.

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The spokesman added: “We have repeatedly made clear to the Israeli authorities our concerns over such demolitions, which we view as causing unnecessary suffering to ordinary Palestinians; as harmful to the peace process; and as contrary to international humanitarian law.”

UN Humanitarian Co-ordinator James Rawley said the Israeli authorities should “live up to their obligations as occupying power to protect those communities under their responsibility”.

The Haaretz news website quoted the Israel Defense Forces as saying that “dozens of Palestinians, foreign activists and diplomats” had tried to set up tents, which it called a “provocation”. Stones were thrown at security forces and stun grenades were fired to disperse the crowd, the IDF was quoted as saying.

Israeli foreign ministry spokesman Paul Hirschson told Agence France-Presse that Israel might lodge a complaint over Ms Fesneau-Castaing.”If she did participate then a formal complaint will be filed because that is not the way diplomats behave,” he said.

De första direkta israelisk-palestinska fredssamtalen på tre år hölls i Jerusalem förra månaden. Samtalen bröt samman 2010 mitt i oenighet i frågan om judiska bosättningar på Västbanken och östra Jerusalem.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Middle East war – the talks are aimed at reaching a permanent peace settlement with the Palestinians.

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