Israel’s military shuts down Hebron area radio station

HEBRON, – Israeli forces Wednesday raided and ordered the closure of Sanabel radio station based in the town of Dura, south of Hebron.

Palestinian sources said Israeli forces raided the station overnight, ransacked its office, seized transmitters an broadcasting equipment, are arrested five employees, including its manager Ahmad Darawish.

The soldiers posted an order at the door announcing the closure of the station for three months.

Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee said in a statement in Arabic that the radio station was closed upon a military order purportedly after broadcasting materials and programs inciting against Israel.

Israel escalated its measures against Palestinian journalists and media outlets especially in Hebron district in the aftermath of the wave of violence that engulfed Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories since October of last year.

In November 2015, Israel ordered the closure of Dream, al-Khalil and Minbar al-Hurriya radio stations in Hebron as well as the Ramallah office of Palestine Today TV station under the pretext of broadcasting “incitement against Israel.”

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency