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Women's Voices: Baraa S. - Night raid

Name Baraa S.
Age 20
Location Az Zawiya, Salfit, West Bank
Nature of incident Night raid
Date of incident 29 June 2017

On 29 June 2017, Israeli soldiers raided the home of Baraa, a 20 year old mother of two. The soldiers didn’t arrest anyone, but caused stress and anxiety to the family. No search warrants were presented to the family.

“My name is Baraa, I am 20 years old. I live in Az Zawiya with my husband and our two children Ayoub (2) and Yacoub (9 m.o.). I am a housewife.”

“On 29 June 2017, at 1:30 a.m., I checked at the time of my phone, I woke up hearing unusual sounds around the house. I peeked outside the window of my bedroom and I saw more than 30 Israeli soldiers, with full military gear, just outside the house. They were accompanied by three military vehicles and one soldier’s carrier.”

“I woke my husband up and quickly got dressed. As we left the room, we saw about 10 soldiers in full military gear spread inside the house. They had two sniffer dogs with them. I got to know later that the soldiers had opened the main door of my house using a device that removes the door off its hinges without making any noise.”

“The commander presented himself and made us sit in the living room. My husband told the commander that the children were sleeping and didn’t want to wake them up, but following the commander’s orders I had to go wake up my children and bring them to sit with us in the living room.”

“All of us sat in the living room while three soldiers stood to guard us; they were pointing their guns towards us, my children were crying out of fear, especially Yacoub (9 m.o.). I got really nervous worrying about my children; I hugged them to calm them down, I feared that the soldiers would arrest my husband.”

“The rest of the soldiers went on searching the bedrooms and the kitchen, without causing any damages. The soldiers used the two sniffer dogs only for searching purposes; they didn’t harm any of us.”

“At 2:00 a.m., as I checked the time on my phone again, the soldiers withdrew from the house without giving us a reason as to why they had raided our house. When my husband asked the commander about this, he didn’t answer him. They didn’t hand us a search warrant, and they didn’t arrest anyone.”

“This is the first time that the soldiers raided my house. I was terrified, and for a week I was still having a hard time sleeping, as I was worried that the soldiers would come again. My children wake up at night crying out of fear.”


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