Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Israeli forces detain 6 Palestinians from ICRC headquarters sit-in


Israeli forces on Wednesday morning stormed the International Committee of the Red Cross' headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem and detained six Palestinian activists staging a sit-in on site.

Amjad Abu Asab, a spokesperson for a local prisoners' committee, told Ma'an that Israeli forces had stormed the ICRC's grounds in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and detained Samir Abu Eisha, 28, Hijazi Abu Sbeih, 28, and four others from a tent in the courtyard.

He said that Abu Eisha and Abu Sbeih had started the sit-in several days earlier to protest a decision by the Israeli authorities to deport them from Jerusalem for a period of five to six months for alleged security reasons.

The two Palestinians earlier described the deportation order as equivalent to the "death penalty," banning them from their community, their work, and their city. Abu Asab said the deportation order had come down from the Israel's Home Front Command, a branch of Israel's military. more

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