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Women's Voices: Wijdan B. - Night raid

Name: Wijdan B.
Age: 62
Location: Kafr Aqab
Nature of incident: Night raid 
Nature of Incident 9 February 2017

On 9 February 2017, Israeli soldiers break the front door of the house of 62-year-old mother from Jerusalem and raid her house then search it without explanation.

Wijdan is a 62-year-old widow from Kafr 'Aqab in East Jerusalem.

“On 9 February 2017, at around 2:00 a.m., I and my sons, Murad (24) and Moayad (28), asleep when I woke up to the voice of Murad on the phone. I was shocked when Murad told me that the neighbor called to warn us that Israeli soldiers were surrounding the building. Just as Murad hung up I heard loud banging at the front door.” 
“I started to shiver out of fear, I was extremely worried about my sons, I stayed in bed and I asked Murad and Moayad to also stay in their beds. I was listening carefully and I could hear the soldiers trying to open the front door. The soldiers eventually stormed into the apartment after they broke the door. I was able to hear the soldiers’ footsteps and they were many, I didn’t see them but it sounded like some of them were going up to the roof.”
“I was shivering out of fear, worrying that the soldiers would arrest my sons; I and my sons stayed in our beds for about half an hour, I was still able to hear the soldiers searching the house and opening the cupboards. Two soldiers and the commander came inside the bedroom and turned on the light; the commander wanted to check our IDs, I got out of my bed and brought him our IDs.”

“At around 3:00 a.m. the soldiers left the house; they used the roof to monitor the area and then left. The soldier didn’t tell us why they were searching the house and they didn’t give us any written documents. Losing my children is the most terrifying thing that can happen to me; I worry about them a lot especially from getting hurt by the Israeli soldiers. I can never feel safe or stable in such an occupied country where soldiers can enter our houses and disturb us any time they wan.”


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