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Women's Voices: Khoulod A. - Night raid/arrest -

Name: Khoulod A.
Age: 38
Beit Ummar, Hebron, West Bank
Nature of incident: Night raid/arrest
Date of incident: 21 September 2016

On 25 September 2016, about 30 Israeli soldiers in full military gear raid the house of 38 year old mother from Beit Ummar in the West Bank at 2:00 a.m. and detain her 18 year old son.
Khoulod is a 38 year old mother from Beit Ummar near Hebron in the West Bank.
“On 21 September 2016, at around 2:00 a.m. I woke up to the sound of military jeeps in the neighbourhood. My husband and I rushed to the window to see what was going on and we were surprised to see 4 military vehicles and about 30 soldiers in military uniforms surrounding the house. The soldiers suddenly the soldiers started yelled at us to move away from the window.”
“About 15 minutes later the soldiers aggressively banged at the front door. One of the soldiers was yelling, in Arabic, for us to open the door. At this moment my children woke up and rushed to the living room terrified. My husband rushed to open the door because if he didn’t the soldiers would break it. I was terrified when I saw seven soldiers at the door.”
“Only three soldiers entered the house. One of the soldiers talked in Arabic to my husband and asked him to bring his identity card as well as the identity cards of our sons. Then the soldier asked specifically about my son Mohannad (18) and my husband told him Mohannad didn’t have an identity card yet. Five minutes later the soldiers stood outside the apartment and didn’t do anything.”
“Then a soldier told my husband they wanted to arrest Mohannad, I got really worried about Mohannad and I asked the soldier to allow my son to change his clothes, and he allowed him to do so.  About half an hour later, the soldiers took Mohannad and left the house. I followed them to the first floor and I saw the soldiers blindfold Mohannad and tie his hands to the back with plastic ties.”

“In the morning, at around 10:00 a.m., I received a phone call from Mohannad who told me he was doing fine and that he was detained at the police station at Etzion settlement.  I haven’t heard from him since then. I am worried about my son; I fear that Mohannad might be beaten during interrogation.” 

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