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Women's Voices: Hania N. - Night raid/arrest

Name: Hania N.
Age: 45
Location: Kafr 'Aqab
Nature of incident: Night raid/arrest
Date of incident: 8 February 2017

On 8 Februray 2017, Israeli soldiers raid the house of 45 year old mother from Kafr 'Aqab at 3:00am and detain her son after pushing her to the ground and causing damage to the furniture.

 Hania is a 45 year old mother of two children aged 13 and 22 from Kafr 'Aqab in East Jerusalem.
“On 8 February 2017, at around 3:00 a.m. , my husband and I woke up to the sound of a loud explosion. I got dressed quickly then we all went to the living room where I was shocked to see about 20 Israeli soldiers in full military gear spread all over the house. Some of them had camouflage mud on their faces. I then realised they had blown up the front door and entered the house.”
“A soldier asked me and my daughter Razan (13) to enter bedroom; I refused so he pushed me and I fell on the ground, I was hurt but I had to stand up and enter the room, Razan was shivering of fear.”
“I didn’t quite know what was going on in the house while I was in the room but hen the commander came in and told me to say goodbye to my son Mohammad (22) because they wanted to arrest him. I went outside where I broke down in tears when I saw Mohammed’s hands tied behind his back with plastic ties.”
“I hugged Mohammed goodbye, then the soldiers took him and left the house without allowing me or any of my family members to follow them outside. The soldiers didn’t give me any written documents or even tell me why they arrested Mohammed or where they were taking him.”
“When I looked around I realized that the soldiers had searched the house as I saw the damage they had caused to the furniture, the place looked like a mess.”
“In the morning, my husband appointed a lawyer who in turn found out that Mohammed was detained at Al Maskubieh police station. That was all we knew.”
“It was a terrifying experience and I still don’t know the fate of my son. I was in shock when the soldiers pushed me to the ground and felt humiliated and I still feel pain in my right arm 2 days after the incident.”

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