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Women's Voices: Mariam M. - Night raid

Name Mariam M
Age 32
Location Az Zawiya, Salfit, West Bank
Nature of incident Night raid
Date of incident  13 July 2017

On 13 July 2017, Israeli soldiers raided the home of a mother of three. No arrests were made, but the soldiers left the house in a state of chaos and mess, and never presented a search warrant. The children are still struggling to sleep after the incident.

“My name is Mariam, I am 32 years old. I live with my husband and our three children Raneen (12), Abed Al-Salam (10), and Rahaf (6).”

“On 13 July 2017, at 2:00 a.m., I checked the time on my phone, my husband and I woke up to loud banging on the main door of the house. We went out to the living room: my husband asked who was knocking. Someone yelled back in Arabic, ordering us to open the door: it was Israeli soldiers.”

“My husband opened the door, and about 15 soldiers, all in full military gear, entered the house. The commander presented himself, then ordered everyone to gather in the living room. When my husband told the commander that our children were sleeping, he made him go and wake them up and bring them out to the living room where I remained sitting.”

“My whole family sat in the living room while three soldiers stood guarding us. The soldiers were pointing their guns towards our heads to prevent us from moving. My children were shivering from fear; I was extremely worried for my kids, and stressed that the soldiers would arrest my husband.”

“The rest of the soldiers spread all over the house searching it; I was able to see them from the living room, searching the cupboards and the kitchen, but I couldn’t see them when they searched the bedrooms."

“At 2:30 a.m., I checked the time on my phone again, the soldiers withdrew from our house; the soldiers didn’t tell us why they raided our home, or hand us a search warrant. The commander ignored my husband when he questioned him. The soldiers left without arresting anyone.”

“After the soldiers left I checked the house for any damages. No damages were made, but they had left a mess everywhere, throwing clothes and kitchen utensils to the ground.”

“My children cannot sleep after that night; they wake up crying out of fear. I am terrified of the soldiers coming back." 

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