80 Year Old Woman arrested as Awarta arrests continue

[ 12/04/2011 – 05:47 PM ]

NABLUS, (PIC)– An eighty-year-old woman was arrested as the Israel occupation force (IOF) causes havoc in Awarta village near Nablus in search for the killers of a family of five Jewish settlers in nearby Itamar.

A burst of arrests took place after the IOF enforced a curfew on the village for the second straight day. Israeli soldiers continue to conduct repeated searches on homes, and have been deliberately destroying furniture and other contents, said Awarta mayor Qais Awwad.

”No house, alley, field or mosque has been spared from being raided and searched by the IOF after five settlers from the Itamar settlement were declared dead on March 15,” said Awarta researcher Salahuddin Awwad.

Some villagers incurred heavy material losses after the army brought in vehicles and police dogs and raided most of the homes in the village, he added.

According to his figures, more than 500 Palestinians were arrested in the village this month, including nearly 200 women and several elderly and sick people as well as children.

He said that 71 of those arrestees have been kept in detention including a 15-year-old girl, who was arrested alongside her father and her mother.

An 80-year-old woman said military jeeps raided her home on April 6 and arrested her and her husband before they were taken to the Hawara military camp and directly accused of the Itamar murders. She said she was taken to a room to be photographed and fingerprinted and returned to the village after four hours in the cold.

She added that four of daughters, their husbands, her sons and their wives were arrested and returned in the morning after ten hours of detention and questioning

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