Israel closes down second Al Khalili radio station

This is the second time this month that Israel has raided radio station in tense West Bank city

Israel closes down second Al Khalili radio station

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli forces raided and shut down a Palestinian radio station accused of incitement in the West Bank city of Hebron, the army said Saturday, in the second such case this month.

Soldiers entered the offices of Al-Khalil radio overnight and handed the station a six-month order to close, said Ezz Haddad, its head of programming.

"Al-Khalil radio station has repeatedly broadcast content which promotes and encourages terror and acts of violence against Israeli civilians and security forces," the army said in a statement.

The station's Facebook page posted pictures of heavily armed Israeli forces arriving at the offices and of alleged damage.

"They took the computers, the communication equipment, everything," Haddad told AFP, denying his station was inciting violence.

The station was offline on Saturday morning.

Two Palestinians from the Hebron area carried out separate attacks in Tel Aviv and the Etzion settlement bloc on Thursday, resulting in the deaths of three Israelis, an American and a Palestinian in the deadliest day since an October 1 upsurge of violence.

The army arrested 16 Palestinians in Hebron overnight, a military spokeswoman said, with residents saying many of its entrances and exits were closed Saturday morning.

The wave of violence, much of which has been focused in and around Hebron, has left 86 dead on the Palestinian side including an Arab Israeli, as well as 15 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean. 

Many of the Palestinians killed have been alleged attackers, while others were shot dead during clashes with Israeli forces.

Earlier this month, Israeli forces raided the offices of Al-Hurria radio station, also in Hebron, forcing it to close for six months.

 

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