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Israeli Forces Attack Mosque in Salfit, Detain and Beat Child

author Friday July 04, 2014 04:01author by International Solidarity Movement Report post

At 9 o’clock in the evening of July 2nd, Israeli forces invaded the small Palestinian village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, approximately 10 km northwest of Salfit in the northern half of the West Bank.

Photo by a villager from Qarawat Bani Hassan.
Photo by a villager from Qarawat Bani Hassan.

3rd July 2014 | ISM, Nablus Team | Qarawat Bani Hassan, Occupied Palestine


They approached the mosque in the center of town and fired tear gas and stun grenades inside. One witness described the scene as follows:

“There were maybe 500 people inside the mosque – many old men, women and children. The tear gas was horrible. It was difficult to breathe. The sound bombs were terrifying, and the children were so afraid.”

The motives of the soldiers remain mystifying, since the streets surrounding the mosque had been empty before the attack. “They just come here to make problems,” suggested one witness.
The occupants of the mosque escaped the tear gas, and clashes ensued on the nearby streets. Qasaam Mareh, a fourteen year old boy, was detained by the soldiers.

According to witnesses, they interrogated and beat him, before they took him away in a jeep. Qasaam was held for approximately eighteen hours before finally being released the next day.

category salfit | israeli attacks | news report author email chris at imemc dot org

Photo by a villager from Qarawat Bani Hassan.
Photo by a villager from Qarawat Bani Hassan.

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