Israeli troops assault citizens during wide raid on Silwan homes

[ 20/08/2011 – 01:36 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A large number of Israeli troops on Saturday stormed Silwan district, south of the Aqsa Mosque, violently breaking into homes, pointing their weapons at residents and assaulting some young men.

An official source from Silwan defense committee said today that the invading Israeli force included a number of armored military and police vehicles boarded by dozens of armed troops and policemen.

The police chief in occupied Jerusalem and a number of senior officers were among the raiding force. Palestinian prisoner Ishak Arafah was also seen shackled from his legs and handcuffed while being escorted by soldiers.

The source added that the house of prisoner Arafah was among many houses raided by the troops who forced many families to evacuate their houses. The troops used wild dogs and electronic devices during their sweep.

A Palestinian young man called Nezal Aqel was kidnapped this morning by Israeli troops from outside his home in Assammar area between the neighborhoods of Sheikh Jarrah and Shuafat, according to local sources.

Eyewitnesses reported that Aqel was standing outside his home along with some friends when Israeli troops aboard a military car arrived in and ordered them provocatively to show their IDs and without reason they embarked on beating and cursing them before some neighbors intervened and saved the young men from the hands of the soldiers.

They added that the troops left the area, but after a while a female soldier escorted by male troops appeared and without prior notice sprayed Aqel’s face with pepper spray before taking him handcuffed to an unknown destination.

The mother of the young man reportedly lost her consciousness after what she saw happening to her son and was taken to hospital.

In Al-Khalil city, a 16-year-old called Saleh Shehadeh was also kidnapped by Israeli troops on the same day from his home in Abu Sunaina neighborhood.

Four other Palestinian young men were kidnapped yesterday morning by Israeli security troops in the Old City of Jerusalem on allegation of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers.


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