May 21, 2018

Israeli soldiers shut down Palestinian TV station run by Islamic Jihad

Israeli soldiers shut down Palestinian TV station run by Islamic Jihad

Israeli forces have raided a TV station run by the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in the West Bank, police said.

The raid in Ramallah came as part of a crackdown to curb months of violence that Israel says has been fuelled by incitement in the Palestinian media

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the head of al-Youm TV station was detained in the raid. She said the 34-year-old had been incarcerated in the past for activities with Islamic Jihad. The station, which also publishes material on social media sites, encouraged Palestinians to attack Israelis, she said.

In a statement, al-Youm TV said another two staff members were arrested and their equipment was confiscated. The raid came as Israel struggles to contain near-daily Palestinian assaults on civilians and security forces that have killed 28 Israelis and two Americans since September.

At least 179 Palestinians have died by Israeli fire in that time, the majority attackers while the rest died in clashes, Israel says. Read more

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