Israel Raids Palestinian Radio in Hebron for 'Broadcasting Incitement'

Day after violent clashes in Gaza and West Bank, Shin Bet and Israeli army shut down Al-Khalil radio, second station shuttered by Israel in past month.

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IDF soldiers raid the Al-Hurria radio station, November 2, 2015.
IDF soldiers raid the Al-Hurria radio station, November 2, 2015.Credit: Screen grab from Al-Huriya Website

Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Shin Bet operatives raided the offices of a Palestinian radio station in Hebron overnight Saturday, confiscating equipment and documents, the military said, citing Al-Khalil radio's "broadcasts of incitement." It's the second time the army has closed a Hebron station it accuses of inciting violence.

The raid came after a violent day of clashes between Palestinian and Israeli security forces in the West Bank and along the border fence with Gaza, and is the second of its kind the past month: Three weeks ago, the IDF swept the offices of Minbar Al-Hurriah 92.7 FM, shutting it down for similar reasons.

According to eyewitness accounts, the soldiers arrived at the station with a closure order shuttering the station and forbidding anyone from entering its offices. The radio said that two of its broadcasters, Mohammed Aka'anbi and Mohammad Abido, were summoned for questioning. The station has been shut down twice in the past by IDF order, first in 2002 and then again in 2008.

Palestinians flee from Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron. October 27, 2015.Credit: Reuters

The move comes amid increased pressure to and from Hebron: the majority of suspected assailant in recent terror attacks originated from the West Bank town and Israel on Friday suspended the entry permits of 1,200 Palestinians following a terror attack that killed two people in Tel Aviv on Thursday.

Meanwhile, clashes between Palestinians and the IDF left at least 80 Palestinians wounded Friday. According to the Palestinians, some 40 were hurt by IDF fire during riots along the border fence with Gaza; the IDF claimed the majority of those wounded were shot in their legs after throwing stones and burning tires.

Another 38 Palestinians were hurt during clashes in the West Bank, including a rare altercation outside of Ramallah in which Palestinians say some 25 people were hurt after being shot with rubber-bullets and inhaling tear gas. Clashes were also reported in Hebron, where Ruger fire reportedly left 5 wounded.

An attempted car-ramming attack was also reported Friday near Abu Dis, when a Palestinian reportedly tried to run over a soldier during at a checkpoint. The soldier managed to move away from the car, sustaining only light wounds to his foot. Earlier in the day a 15-year-old Palestinian was arrested near Hebron with a knife.

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