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Israeli forces convert private home in Yabad into military base
Published Friday 27/12/2013 (updated) 28/12/2013 16:32
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JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces raided a private home in the northern West Bank town of Yabad and converted it into a military watch station on Friday morning.

Sobhi Ali Abu Bakr told a Ma'an correspondent in Jenin that he was surprised this morning when Israeli forces stormed his property and set up a military observation station in it before ascending to the roof to plant an Israeli flag atop it.

The house belonged to Abu Bakr, but he had prepared it for his son Firas to move in to.

In the last few months Yabad has witnessed a series of home invasions and takeovers to convert them into Israeli military watch points. These takeovers have occurred under the pretext of monitoring the activities of local youths who throw rocks at the vehicles of Israeli settlers' vehicles as they pass by on the nearby main road.

Local sources told the Ma'an correspondent that Israel forces had stormed the town at dawn on Friday morning and patrols had roamed the streets as troops deployed on foot around the town, especially in the Sahel neighborhood. Israeli forces were deployed in the town in the early morning hours.

The sources added that Israeli forces erected a military checkpoint at the eastern entrance to Yabad and another at the the Kufeirit junction and they prevented locals from leaving the village for a period of four hours.

This was the fourth time in a row over the last four days that Israeli forces had blocked off roads and had limited locals' freedom of movement.

Separately, Israeli forces stormed the town of Beit Qad east of Jenin just before midnight and handed a notification to meet with Israeli intelligence forces to Ahmad Robaiy, 23.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.
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1 ) Marco / Mexico
27/12/2013 17:23
What a stupid excuse to keep occupation going... is youth throwing rocks causing all this panic? for real?

2 ) Carl / America
27/12/2013 19:03
yes Marco, welcome to the hypocrisy that is Israel

3 ) Maco / USA
27/12/2013 23:01
Meanwhile Palestinians kids throwing rocks killed an Israel baby in a car.

4 ) gabi / australia
28/12/2013 00:47
starting in 1948 Israel has been taking over Palestinian homes, either for declared "military sites" or "abandoned" (by their own weird definition of "abandoned") or simply stealing them to replace the occupants, who had lived there for generations, with ethnic Jews. (Just like the Nazis did in Poland.) And stupid people make the sorts of comments made by # 3. I may as well say "Meanwhile Isrealis kill a 3 year old in his home in Gaza".

5 ) Kieran / Ireland
28/12/2013 04:32
So Maco, would you like to match the number of Palestinian civilians killed during the period of occupation against Israeli civilians killed and let's see just who it is targeting civilians?

6 ) Me / Germany
28/12/2013 05:00
Peace in the works on all levels..

7 ) Carlos / USA
30/12/2013 05:26
What the israelis did is one of the reasons cited by the American revolutionaries against the British. Actually the israelis are continuing the policies which Britain used in the Americas and in Palestine. israel is murder lies and hatred.
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