Israel Forces Raid and Shut Down Palestinian Radio Station

Al-Sanabel radio station was also raided by Israeli forces. (Photo: via Ma'an)

Israeli forces raided and ransacked a Palestinian radio station early Wednesday morning in Dura City in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, detained five of the station’s employees, and ordered it to close down for three months.

This is another of the many documented violations against media freedoms by Israeli forces in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Locals told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided al-Sanabel radio station, destroying all its content, and confiscated transmission and broadcast equipment. They added that Israeli forces detained head of the radio station, Ahmad al-Darawish, as well as four other employees, after raiding their homes.


News of the closure came after Palestinian press freedoms watchdog MADA released a report on Saturday stating that Israeli violations against media freedoms in the occupied Palestinian territory increased by 17 percent during the first half of 2016.


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