Israel shuts down Palestinian radio station

Israeli military raids Palestinian radio station accusing it of encouraging violence against Israelis

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Palestinians run away from Israeli troops during clashes following a protest, in the West Bank city of Hebron October 27, 2015.

Israeli security forces shut down a Palestinian radio station in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday and seized equipment that was allegedly being used to broadcast calls to attack Israelis.

The Al Hurria station's director, Ayman Qawasmeh said the Israeli military raided the station in Hebron overnight, destroying equipment and confiscating transmitters.

"This is a clear violent aggression on the Palestinian media," he said.

"We didn't incite, we just reported the Israeli daily crimes against our people in Hebron. They want to silence our voice."

Hebron, the largest city in West Bank, has become a flashpoint in the recent Israeli violence towards Palestinians, with deadly confrontations on a daily basis at Israeli checkpoints that guard ultra-nationalist Jewish settlers living in fortified enclaves within the city.

On Monday, a Palestinian minor was shot dead by Israeli forces after allegedly attempting to stab an Israeli soldier. Also, four Israelis were injured and another Palestinian was shot, in two alleged stabbing attacks carried out by Palestinians.

Since the beginning of October, Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 73 Palestinians, including unarmed protesters, bystanders and attackers, as 11 Israelis have died in stabbing or shooting incidents, during the same period.

Israel had said the killings took place as a result of “self defence” after Palestinians’ stabbing attempts, however, Amnesty International on Oct. 27 said "extreme and unlawful measures" were being used by Israeli forces, pointing out at least four cases where Palestinians were purposely shot dead without posing an imminent threat.

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