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Women's Voices: Wala J. - Night raid

Name: Wala J.
Age: 27
Location: Kafr 'Aqab, East Jerusalem
Nature of incident: Night raid
Date of incident: 9 February 2017

On 9 February 2017, eight Israeli soldiers in full military gear raid the house of 27-year-old mother in Kafr 'Aqab at 2:30am and search her house before leaving without explanation.
 
Wala is a 27-year-old mother of 3 children from Kafr 'Aqab in East Jerusalem

“On 9 February 2017, at around 2:30 a.m., I woke up to the sound of loud banging at the front door. I woke my husband, Rami, up because I expected Israeli soldiers at the door as they have raided our house in April last year.”
 
“Rami answered the door while I got dressed quickly and followed him. I was shocked when I saw eight soldiers in full military gear at the door.
 
“The soldiers entered the house and the commander asked me and my husband to sit in the living room. Two soldiers guarded up and prevented us from making any movement. I was scared and very tense and worried that the soldiers had come to arrest Rami.”
 
“The remaining soldiers started to search the house and my husband asked the soldiers to stay out of the children’s room because they were asleep, the commander allowed me to enter the room to gently wake up my children up. I told my children that soldiers were inside the house; but when I took my children out to the living room and they saw the soldiers, my s-year-old daughter Leen started to shiver out of terror while my other children stood shaken as they watched.”
 
“Rami asked the commander what did they wanted, but the commander ignored him and did not answer his question. The soldiers searched everywhere and moved things around but they did not cause any damage. At around 3:30 a.m. the soldiers left the house without telling us the reason for the raid and without giving us any written documents.”
 
“When the soldiers left the house they prevented us from following them outside and they shut the door behind them.
 

It was a tough night; I was terrified and worried that the soldiers might arrest Rami;. I don’t feel safe anymore. My children are afraid especially at night thinking that the soldiers might raid our house any day.” 


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