Israeli Forces Storm Village, Arrest Palestinian in Hebron Hills, says Operation Dove

06:00 Oct 31 2012 Ar-Rakeez

AT-TUWANI, SOUTH HEBRON HILLS, October 31, 2012 (WAFA) - The Israeli army and police Wednesday stormed Ar- Rakeez village, south of the Hebron hills, stopped the works on a new water cistern, attacked and arrested the owner, according a press release by the rights group Operation Dove.

It said the soldiers ordered the workers to stop working on the water cistern, but the owner, Said Raba', refused, as he has not received any prior orders by the DCO, the District Coordination Office, the section of the Israeli military that works for the civil administration in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, to stop the works on the cistern.

Three soldiers and a policeman early morning were beating the Palestinian man while other soldiers and policemen were holding him down, kneeled and handcuffed, said the release.

The beaten Palestinian was brought to Kiryat Arba Police Station and charged of aggression to soldiers and is currently in prison awaiting his trial.

It said that Raba’s 21-year-old daughter also received a hit during the military aggression on her father and was transferred to hospital for treatment. She didn't suffer any internal damage, but she continues to have abdominal pain.

Once the Israeli army left, about fifty Palestinians started working on the water cistern, which is now completed, it said.

It said, The Palestinian communities in the South Hebron Hills are strongly involved in affirming their rights and resist to the Israeli occupation choosing the nonviolent way.

Operation Dove has maintained an international presence in At-Tuwani and South Hebron Hills since 2004.

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