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Women's Voices: Basma D. - Night raid/Jerusalem women

Name: Basma D.
Age: 29
Location: Kafr 'Aqab
Nature of incident: Night raid/arrest
Date of incident: 8 February 2017

On 8 February 2017, about 15 soldiers break into the house of 29 year old mother from Kafr 'Aqab at around 3:00am without making noise and detain her husband without explanation.

Basma is a 29 year old mother of 2 children aged 2 and 4 from Kafr 'Aqab in East Jerusalem.

“On 8 February 2017, at around 3:00 a.m., I woke up to a strange sound inside the house. I woke my husband up and we both went to the living room where we were shocked to see about 15 soldiers in full military gear inside the house. The soldiers used a device that removes the hinges off the door without making any noise.  I was shivering of fear especially because this was my first experience of a night raid.”

“My husband and I sat in the living room while three soldiers aimed their guns at us. The remaining soldiers searched the house without causing any damages.”

“About 15 minutes later, the commander asked for my husband’s identity card. Then the commander ordered the soldiers to arrest Samer. The soldiers tied my husband’s hands to the back with plastic ties then took him outside the house without explaining the reasons for his arrest and without presenting any written documents. The soldiers didn’t allow me to follow them outside the house.”

“I called my father in law who in turn contacted an NGO. The NGO found out that my husband was detained at Al Maskubieh police station.”

“I am very worried about my husband’s fate and my children ask about him all the time. I hope he will be released very soon.”

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