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Israel seals Palestinian family’s home with them inside

Front door of the Zahida family home
Ma’an – June 7, 2018

HEBRON – A Palestinian family was trapped inside their home and forced to leave through a broken window after Israeli forces welded their front door shut and temporarily detained them inside their home in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron on Thursday morning.

The incident took place on the al-Shuhada street in the Old City of Hebron, one of the most heavily militarized streets in the occupied West Bank.

Samer Yusri Zahida told Ma’an that Israeli forces broke into his brother’s house at 8 a.m. on Thursday, forcing him and his three other family members into one room in the house.

After detaining the family for a brief period of time, Israeli forces broke one of the windows in the house and exited through it, allegedly telling the family that if they want to leave the house they must also exit through the window. Israeli forces then sealed the front door to the family’s home.

Zahida noted that the window that was broken did not lead to the main road, but to the neighbor’s house.

Coordinator of the Human Rights Defenders Association in Hebron, Imad Abu Shamsieh, told Ma’an that Israeli forces have been trying to force out the family since they moved in two weeks ago, in what he said was an “attempt to empty the al-Shuhada street of all Palestinian residents and provide it to Israeli settlers as a new residence.”

Palestinian residents of Hebron’s Old City face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 20 checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets, as well as the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque itself.

Additionally, Palestinians are not allowed to drive on al-Shuhada street, have had their homes and shops on the street welded shut, and in some areas of the Old City, are not permitted to walk on certain roads.

Meanwhile, some 800 notoriously violent Israeli settlers in Hebron move freely on the street, drive cars, and carry machine guns.

June 7, 2018 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Disgusting!! The Israeli ‘Defence Forces’ are no better than “Terrorists”. Can we have a response from an American Government spokesperson in relation to this? Maybe Nikki Haley might like to explain why this happened to People living in their own house? Sarah Huckaby maybe??? Pompous Pompeo maybe? What about a word from “The Most Powerful Man on Earth”?

    Next time Netanyahu tells the World how evil Iran is, maybe he can explain this?

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | June 7, 2018 | Reply


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