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Israeli forces take over Palestinian home in Hebron

Dec. 12, 2016 9:50 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 12, 2016 9:50 P.M.)
(File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces took over a home in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron Monday evening and turned it into a military barrack, after confining the family into a single room in the house, local sources said.

In a phone call to Ma'an, owner of the home Munthir al-Junaydi told Ma'an that Israeli forces raided his house, which is located in the Numrah area of Hebron, and turned into a military post.

He said Israeli soldiers arrived at their house at 6 p.m., and have since had them corralled inside one room and prevented them from leaving.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an they were looking into the case.

It is also not uncommon for Israeli forces to forcibly evict Palestinians from their homes for the use of military posts, or lock residents inside their own homes while conducting military operations. Palestinians in Hebron in particular suffer from heightened Israeli military presence, which increased following a massacre carried out by an Israeli settler inside the Old City's Ibrahimi Mosque that saw the city divided into Palestinian and Israeli-controlled zones in 1997, known as H1 and H2 .

Around 800 Israeli settlers lived in Hebron's Old City, surrounded by some 30,000 Palestinians and living under the protection of armed Israeli forces.
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