Israeli army closes Palestinian radio station in Hebron

Published November 21st, 2015 - 12:36 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

A West Bank-based Palestinian radio station has been shut down for six months on charges of incitement by order of Israeli authorities, according to radio officials.

Israeli soldiers raided Radio Hebron, located in the Palestinian-controlled area of the southern West Bank city of Hebron, and handed radio officials a military order closing down the station for six months.

Amjad Shawar, director of the radio station, said soldiers raided his station in the early hours, seized transmission equipment and ransacked the offices before handing him the closure order on charges of incitement to violence.

The Israeli army has intensified its activities in the Hebron region this month following a sharp rise in attacks against Israelis in the area.

Radio Hebron is the second station in Hebron to be shut down this month by Israel.

The army shut down Radio al-Horiya on November 3 on similar charges.

The West Bank has more than 40 privately owned radio stations, more than six are in Hebron, but the majority is located in Ramallah.

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