Violent Curfew Imposed on Awarta Village Following Attack in Itamar Settlement

Monday, 14 March 2011 16:04 Sergio Yahni, Alternative Information Center (AIC)

On Monday morning (14 March), Israeli soldiers ordered all male residents of the northern West Bank village of Awarta between the ages of 15-40 to report to the school yard. This was the first time that residents were permitted out of their homes following imposition of a curfew on the entire village

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three days previously following the attack in the Itamar settlement.


The Israeli military spokesperson noted that the primary efforts of the military are focusing on the village of Awarta, near the settlement of Itamar. A curfew was imposed on the village on Saturday afternoon, and house to house searches have been conducted since.


Three activists from the International Solidarity Movement in the village report violent behavior of the Israeli forces. Soldiers were seen conducting searches in which they entered homes more than once and gave the impression of random, confused actions. The three activists testified that they observed soldiers detaining and beating residents who left their homes and that during patrols through the village, soldiers shoot in the air and throw stun grenades in order to terrify the residents. According to the activists, at least 19 persons were taken from their homes to an unknown place.


The international activists add that during some of the searches, the soldiers lost control and caused extensive damage. Amongst other things pictures were shattered, furniture upturned, electric cables cut and oil and mud were poured into water tanks on the roofs. The activists further noted that telephone cards and cash were confiscated from residents in one home.


Qais Awad, a member of the village’s legislative council, also reports acts of vandalism by Israeli soldiers in Awarta. Whilst searching the village’s municipal building, soldiers took some NIS 1,800 from an office drawer, together with an unknown amount from the municipality’s safe.


The curfew on the village is part of the military efforts to locate suspects in the killing of the five members of the Fogel family in the Itamar settlement on Friday night. Amongst the numerous detainees taken are an employee of the local municipality, Salim Qawarik, and an officer in the Palestinian security forces, Iyad Mahmoud Awad.

 

Translated to English by the Alternative Information Center (AIC).

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