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Israel shuts Palestinian radio station for 'incitement'

AFP , Wednesday 31 Aug 2016
Israel shuts Palestinian radio station
(File photo)IDF soldiers raid the Al-Hurria radio station, November 2, 2015.Screen grab from Al-Huriya Website (Ahram Online)
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Israeli authorities have shut down a Palestinian radio station in the occupied West Bank over "incitement" to violence, the army claimed Wednesday, the latest in a series of such raids.

The overnight operation in Dura near Hebron led to five arrests, according to the Israeli occupation forces.

Palestinian police confirmed the detentions and said one of those held was the director of the Al-Sanabel station.

Broadcast equipment was also seized, the army said.

According to Palestinian police, the station's door was broken during the raid and a notice was given saying it was ordered closed for three months.

An Israeli army spokeswoman could not provide examples of the type of content that led to the raid.

"The radio station has repeatedly broadcast inciting content encouraging, celebrating and promoting violence and terrorism against Israelis," she claimed.

Israeli authorities have closed at least four Palestinian radio or TV stations since a wave of violence erupted in October.

The violence has killed 222 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP tally.

Violence has steadily declined in recent months.

Most of Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli occupation forces during protests and clashes, while some were killed in Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip.

Much of the violence has occurred in the Hebron area in the southern West Bank, a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Analysts say Palestinian frustration with Israeli occupation and settlement-building in the West Bank, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have fed the unrest.


*This story has been edited by Ahram Online

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