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PHOTOS: Israeli forces damage youth centers in Nablus raid

A youth sports club and center for children with disabilities in Nablus sustain serious damage after Israeli forces raid a multi-story building in search of wanted Palestinians.

Text and photos by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org

A Palestinian examines  damage to a youth sport club which was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 03, 2014. Israeli forces  arrested 26-year-old m Al-Din Abu Riyala, who was injured by live bullets, while others managed to escape. (Activestills.org)

A Palestinian examines damage to a youth sport club which was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. Israeli forces arrested 26-year-old Husam Al-Din Abu Riyala, who was injured by live bullets, while others managed to escape. (Activestills.org)

As happens almost every night in Palestinian cities, towns and villages throughout the West Bank, Israeli forces raided Nablus neighborhoods at 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Military jeeps spread out to different areas of the city, especially to refugee camps.

The biggest military operation took place in the southern part of the city, where Israeli forces targeted six Palestinians who were sleeping in a local youth sports club. Their main target was Husam Al-Din Abu Riyala, 26, a Fatah activist who had been issued a summons order last month. Soldiers surrounded the building of the sport club, which was located on the third floor of an apartment building, while another group of soldiers occupied the roof of a neighboring house.

Locals reported that the military fired a heavy barrage of live ammunition toward the club while another group of soldiers used explosives to blow open the main door and enter the building.

Five youths managed to escape from windows, while Abu Riyala was shot in the foot with live bullets before being arrested, according to Ma’an News.

Following the arrest, the military operation ended with a raid on a health center for handicapped children and nursery school located in the same building. At 3:30 a.m., one of the workers from the health center managed to enter the building, discovering that doors had been bombed and other extensive damage.

In a nearby incident, Israeli forces raided al-Ain Refugee Camp in Nablus in an attempt to arrest 77-year-old Palestinian Legislative Council member Ahmad Haj Ali of Hamas. Haj Ali was not in his house when the army arrived. Soldiers have stormed his house four times since May 2014, and sources close to his family told Ma’an that they have made threats to his family that they will harm him. According to Ma’an, Israeli authorities had issued orders to Haj Ali to turn himself in this summer as part of the massive arrest campaign launched against Hamas members, but that he had refused to comply.

Just a few weeks earlier, Zakaria Al-Aqra, 24, of Fatah, was killed by Israeli forces in a raid on his home in the West Bank village of Qabalan. According to the army, al-Aqra was involved in multiple shooting incidents at Israeli soldiers and said it found arms in the building where he was killed. Six people in his family were wounded in the raid, in which part of the family house was demolished.

Steel doors lie blasted open after Israeli forces raided a multi-story building that included a youth sports club and center for children with disabilities in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Steel doors lie blasted open after Israeli forces raided a multi-story building that included a youth sports club and center for children with disabilities in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Residents inspect damage to a center for children with disabilities after the building was raided by Israeli forces, Nablus, West Bank, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Residents inspect damage to a center for children with disabilities after the building was raided by Israeli forces, Nablus, West Bank, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

A door knocked off of its hinges lies among other damage caused to a center for children with disabilities in a building that was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

A door knocked off of its hinges lies among other damage caused to a center for children with disabilities in a building that was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Toys and a wheelchair lie covered in dust and rubble after a center for children with disabilities was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Toys and a wheelchair lie covered in dust and rubble after a center for children with disabilities was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

 

Books and toys lie covered in dust and rubble after a center for children with disabilities was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

Books and toys lie covered in dust and rubble after a center for children with disabilities was raided by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, September 3, 2014. (Activestills.org)

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    1. Shannon Hall

      Business as usual. Fascist actions by a fascist army.

      [Bor Bar Rab]Nothing to see here. Hamas is to blame Hamas is to blame Hamas is to blame [/Bor Bar Rab]

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    2. bor

      It’s Fatah, Shannon, learn the difference. According to Maan News, which is most certainly not a trustworthy source, this Fatah operative refused to give himself up for hours before the IDF came in.

      And what do you think an American police force, for example, would do after hours in a stand-off with a wanted man?

      I do like the photo with the wheelchair, though. Brilliant.

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    3. Pedro X

      So what was a 26 year old Fatah activist doing sleeping with 5 youth at a youth center? Why was the youth center allowing its club to shelter someone wanted by the police? Why would the center allow youths to stay over with a wanted Fatah activist unless the center was protecting the man and his terrorists in training?

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      • bor

        In all fairness, having a thug decide to stay at your place probably leaves you with few options. The problem the Israelis face is that typically they chase these guys for a while so it’s tough for them to miss the opportunity to grab him. Also, once fighting ensues, they have few options but to win the fight. The center and its residents are probably innocent victims of what happened here. However, the attempt to depict the Israelis in a horrendous look-at-what-they-did-to-the-wheelchair-kids in the manner in which it is presented here is manipulative propaganda. Nothing more.

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