Under the terms of the deal published by the Israeli government on Thursday, the settlers in the northern West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, had to leave by Friday afternoon.
Israeli settlers have started leaving a wildcat outpost in the occupied West Bank in adherence to an agreement struck with nationalist premier Naftali Bennett's new government, an AFP reporter said.
The last cars were streaming out of Eviatar in compliance with the 4 pm (1300 GMT) deadline to leave the outpost.
Dozens of settler families several weeks ago started to build the settlement in defiance of both international and Israeli law, sparking fierce protests from Palestinians in nearby villages.
The hilltop area where the settlers established a settlement of trailer homes, shacks and tents lies near Nablus in the northern West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.
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Under the terms of the deal published by the Israeli government on Thursday, the settlers had to leave by Friday afternoon.
However, their temporary homes will remain, and the Israeli army will establish a presence in the area.
As settlers departed, soldiers were at the site, an AFP reporter said.
The Defence Ministry will then assess the area to possibly declare it as state land, where Israel allows settlers to build.
Should this happen, the military would then allow a community with a religious school to be built.
Palestinians vow to continue protest
On Friday, Palestinians were again gathering across the valley to protest, hurling stones and burning tyres over the illegal settlements.
The dispute around the flashpoint site put an early strain on Bennett's diverse eight-party coalition, that includes his right-wing nationalist Yamina party as well as left-wing groups and Arab-Israeli lawmakers.
The deal was rejected by leftwing Israeli groups, as well as the mayor of Beita, the nearby Palestinian village, who told AFP on Thursday that "protests will continue" as long as any Israeli "remains on our land".