IOF continues its restrictions on residents of Shuhada Street in al-Khalil

[ PIC 17/10/2013 – 12:38 PM ]


AL-KHALIL, (PIC)– The occupation forces continued to impose restrictions on residents of Shuhada Street, which has been closed since the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in 1994, during the Eid days. They prevented visits and detained citizens at the military checkpoints erected at the Street’s entrances.

Mohammed al-Tamimi, 47 one of the residents of the Shuhada Street, told PIC’s reporter: “the Israeli army prevented my brothers and cousins from reaching my house to celebrate the Eid. The soldiers has detained them at the checkpoint for two hours, and then expelled them from the place.”

Tamimi lives in extremely difficult conditions as his house is threatened with collapsing, while the occupation authorities has been preventing him from renovating his house in an attempt to force him leave the place. However, he refuses to leave his home for fearing that the settlers would seize it.

Another citizen told PIC’s correspondent that “During our holidays, the occupation authorities seek to deprive us from visiting our family members who live in Shuhada Street to force them to leave the Street.”

She added that she had been attacked more than once while she was trying to enter the Street to visit her father who lives there.

For his part, human rights activist Shaban Natsheh said: “We have tried repeatedly to stage sit-ins and protests demanding allowing freedom of movement to the residents and their relatives, but the occupation soldiers have suppressed these protests by firing tear gas grenades at the protesters.”

He added: “We have submitted protest petitions to local and international human rights institutions and to the International Committee of the Red Cross, but in vain.”

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