Archive for the ‘Awarta’ tag
Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported that IDF troops tonight arrested Tawfiq Hindawi Qawareiq, a 16 year old of the village Awarta, and damaged his house in the process.
“Hagada Hasmalit” (Hebrew for “Left Bank”) web site published a study, which lists all the arrests and searches that the IDF has been doing in the Palestinian village Awarta, since the terrorist attack in the settlement Itamar last month. The study reveals that IDF troops have been breaking into houses in the village during the night, gathering residents in the yards without warm clothing, and damaging residents’ property.
Big teams of the IDF (“Isralei Defense Forces”) tonight entered the town of Awarta, close to the settlement of Itamar in the West Bank, and arrssted dozens of suspected Palestinians, among them the deputy chairman of the town council.
According to a report of Machsom Watch, 52 Palestinians have been arrested in the village of Awarta, near the settlement of Itamar, since the attack in the settlement, and their families do not know their whereabouts since. The report also indicates the soldiers damaged the houses they entered: “they broke furniture, smashed appliances, destroyed valuables, tossed the content of closets around the whole house, and even broke down walls”. The soldiers also humiliated a handicapped Palestinian who lives alone, and ate from the food-stores of Palestinian families.
According to a report (PDF) of the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the IDF imposed a curfew on the Palestinian village of Awarta for five days following the attack in Itamar. During the curfew, the residents were not allowed to leave to buy food or medicine. During the curfew settlers formed an outpost on 15 dunams [15,000 m²] of privately owned land of the village’s. The report also indicates that during recent weeks, Israeli forces have injured 65 Palestinians, of them 25 children. Many of the injuries (28, of them 16 children) took place in the neighborhood of Silwan in East Jerusalem, during clashes between local residents and Israel Police.
Settlers from Karnei Shomron blocked the entrance to the nearby Kafr Laqif, by means of boulders placed on the entry road into the village. Afterwards, they marched on to the nearby village of Azzun. The marchers were blocked off by police and military forces that arrived to the location. At the same time, a convoy of vehicles from Karnei Shomron headed toward Azzun. Stone throwing fights broke out between the passengers of the convoy and Palestinian residents of Azzun.
Approximately 40 settlers from Itamar arrive to the village of Awarta and started throwing stones at houses in the village. Tens of windows and vehicle windshields were smashed.
Abdallah Abu Rhame, Chair of the Bil’in Grassroots Committee, was convicted of incitement and of organizing illegal demonstrations against the separation wall. Abu Rahme was acquitted of the charges of throwing stoens and possessing weapons materials.
The Yesh Din organization appealed to the Supreme Court demanding to require the Chief Military Prosecutor to initiate a criminal investigation against two soldiers who allegedly shot two Palestinians in the village of Awarta, in the Nablus district. The region was initially declared as an attempt to carry out a “pitchfork attack”, but according to the organization: “military persons admitted that the nature of the incident was not as unequivocal as had been described by the soliders. Two weeks after the incident Central Command Chief Avi Mizrahi admitted that the results of the Awarta incident were ‘difficult’”.