A large Israeli military force invaded, on Thursday morning, the town of Silwad, east of the central West Bank city of Ramallah, stormed and violently searched homes, and interrogated the families.The soldiers invaded the homes of Fares Hamed, Kheirallah Hamed, Sami Warda, Nazeeha wards, Saleh Hamad, and ransacked them during extensive searches, leading to excessive property damage, in addition to assaulting several family members.

Media sources in Silwad said the soldiers tried to wire and detonate the doors of the homes prior to invading them, but the families opened their doors fast to the army them from installing and setting the explosive off.

Nazeeha Warda, the mother of detainee Firas who received a 13-year prison term, said the army stormed her home approximately at 3:30 at dawn, and ransacked it.

She added that the soldiers opened closets, removed drawers, scattered the clothes and property around the house, and caused excessive damage to its furniture, in addition to removing the bathroom’s tiles, and destroying them.

The soldiers told the family ‘they wear searching for weapons,’ and threatened to return to their home, and demolish it, ‘should the family fail to hand them their gun.’

The family told the soldiers that they never owned weapons, and said the attack is just another method of intimidation and threat of further violence.

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On its part, the Kheirallah family said the soldiers also deliberately caused excessive property damage, after storming their home, and held the entire family in one room during the search.

The soldiers also deliberately spilled food, rice, and other consumable materials on the ground, walls and furniture.

In addition, the Fares family said the soldiers ‘were hysterically searching their property,’ deliberately causing damage while searching every corner, and every piece of furniture.

The family kept asking the soldiers about the reason for this invasion, and violent search, but the army refused to give any answer.

On Wednesday, several Israeli military vehicles invaded Silwan town, south of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem, and clashed with dozens of local youths.

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The soldiers also closed the roadblock that was installed in Ras al-‘Amoud neighborhood, preventing hundreds of children from reaching their schools, while workers and employees who work out of their town were unable to do so, due to the roadblocks, restrictions and heavy military deployment.

Several school children were also shot with rubber-coated steel bullets, and many suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation.


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