Silwan: One Jerusalemite injured after being shot by the settlers’ guards…suffocation cases…and arrests
December 17, 2016

A Jerusalemite citizen was injured on Saturday night in the neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa in Silwan.

According to initial information available to Wadi Hilweh Information Center, the 40-year old Mousa Ali Qaraeen was shot by the settlers’ guards and was injured in his limbs; he was transferred to the hospital for treatment.

Zuheir Rajabi, the head of Batn Al-Hawa committee, explained to Wadi Hilweh Information Center what happened in the neighborhood on Saturday night and said: “A group of children and young men were present in the neighborhood of Batn Al-Hawa and were starting a fire to stay warm near Batn Al-Hawa Mosque. A group of settlers’ guards passed in the area and attempted to verbally provoke the locals and one of the settlers threw a chair towards the young men and children resulting in the breakout of verbal altercations and a fight between both sides.”

Rajabi added that the settlers’ guards suddenly opened fire in the neighborhood and towards the residential houses and used pepper gas which led to the injury of Ali Qaraeen with a bullet in his limbs while 7-year old Malek Munther Rajabi, Hazem Rajabi and Jadallah Rajabi suffocated due to pepper gas.

Rajabi said the settlers’ guards deliberately fired bullets towards the young men and were not concerned about the children among them. The locals called the police and informed them about the shooting.

Closures

The locals of Batn Al-Hawa said that large forces of Israeli intelligence, Special Forces and police raided the neighborhood and were deployed in the streets. They closed the neighborhood and prevented locals from moving in the area and placed “red tape” in several areas. They also closed several internal streets in Silwan.

Arrests

The center was informed that the occupation forces arrested 17-year old Yazan Zuheir Rajabi, 18-year old Mohammad Jamal Gheith and 20-year old Ali Rawhi Da’na while they were in the neighborhood. They also requested Zuheir Rajabi, Jadallah Rajabi and Kayed Rajabi for interrogation.

Raiding a residential building

The occupation forces raided on Saturday night a residential building owned by Rajabi family.