Israeli occupation raid and evict Palestinians from Ein Hijleh

Press Release
Friday 7, February 2014

Hundreds of Israeli forces have raided Ein Hijleh village in the Jordan Valley and evicted all its residents violently around 1:30 am and declared the village a closed military zone. And it is estimated that between 200-250 Palestinians were in the village at the time of eviction.

35 Palestinians were injured and taken to Jericho hospital after the eviction. At the time of the raid Israeli forces fired large amounts of sound bombs to scatter the crowd that gather at the center of the village while many women and children were automatically evicted from homes and tents where they were asleep.

Israeli forces have attacked the residents of Ein Hijleh by beating them up, kicking them and pushing them to the ground and into the fire.

The residents of the village were transferred after the eviction with Israeli occupation military buses while being humiliated and mocked by the soldiers on the bus. The residents of Ein Hijleh where transferred to the entrance of Jericho and were received by Palestinian security forces and taken to the center of Jericho city.

Israeli forces have also attacked journalists and medical teams in the village at the time of eviction including a cameraman from Palestine TV who was pushed from one of the rooftops to the ground and one of the medics from the medical relief team was hit with a riffle on his chest.

Several Palestinians were arrested at the time of eviction and were later released at the entrance of Jericho.

The activist from the popular struggle committee in AlMasara Mahmoud Zawahreh said that the activists have managed to revive the village and although they were evicted from Ein Hijleh but the Israeli occupation failed to evict the village and the great work achieved from the hearts and minds of Ein Hijleh residents.

Activist from the popular struggle from Aida refugee camp in Bethlehem Monther Amira said that the eviction will not end the work of the activists in the Jordan Valley, he added “we will continue with our campaign Melh AlArd (Salt of the Earth), and the revival of the village was only the start to our work in the Jordan Valley, we will continue our work and we will remain to be the salt to this earth working against Israeli policies in all of Palestinian lands especially against the Judaization and annexation of the Jordan Valley.

List of the injuries taken from Jericho hospital:
Bade’ Dwaik 41 years
Mohammad Musa Da’ajneh 25 years
Mohammad AbdelKarim AlKhatib 25 years
Abdel Majeed Omar 22 years
Mohammad Nae’m Hasan 29
Maher Taher Samara 29 years
Mohammad Saeed Abu Gharbieh 19 years
Baha Jalal Tamimi 26 years
Ziad Abu Ein 54 years
Ramzi Mohammad Abu Sa’da 30 years
Abdel Majeed Bassam Omar 22 years
Maher Nayef Saleh 47 years
Murad Mohammad Omar 25 years
Sami Ahmad Di’es 25 years
Mahmoud Ahmad Ismail 29 years
Marwa Jihad Samhan 23 years
Waed Basem Tamimi 17 years
Ashira Ali Ramadan 29 years
Mahmoud Naser 21 years
Nibal Mohamad Abd Rabu 24 years
Fadi Methqal AlJayousi 34 years (Palestine TV cameraman)
Suhaib Rafe’ Sawafta 22 years
Ma’en Jamal Daraghmeh 25 years
Ahmad Daraghmeh 21 years
Mohannad Abdel Fatah 23 years
Anas Mahmoud Zghaiar 18 years
Karam Akram Zghaiar 23 years
Ala’ Zghaiar 25 years
Hasan Othman Faraj 33 years
Hamza Hasan Jawabreh 20 years
Osama Hasan Na’amreh 20 years
Islam Saleh Tamimi 18 years


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