Day 51: Al-Aqsa Flood Operation in the city of Jerusalem
On the 51st day of “Al-Aqsa Flood” Operation, the third batch of the prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas was completed, while the forces continued their siege imposed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and the raids on towns in Jerusalem continued.
The third batch of the deal
On the third day of the “humanitarian truce,” the occupation authorities released 39 Palestinian prisoners, while the Al-Qassam Brigades released 13 Israelis in addition to 4 foreigners.
Today, the occupation authorities released 21 Jerusalemite boys between the ages of 14-18 years “from the towns of Silwan, Issawiya, Al-Tur, Anata, Shu’fat refugee camp, and the Old City.”
They following were released:
1. Abd al-Rahman al-Zaghal, 14 years old, has been detained since September 2023. He is being held under house arrest and deported from the city of Jerusalem.
1. Nash’at Dawabsheh, has been detained since July 2023 and sentenced to actual imprisonment for two years and eight months.
2. Samir Bukhtan, has been detained since the beginning of this year and sentenced to 20 months in prison.
3. Ahmed Shiha, has been detained since November 2022, sentenced to one year and 6 months in prison.
4. Mustafa Al-Abbasi, has been detained since November 2022 and sentenced to 20 months in prison.
5. Amin Al-Abbasi, has been detained since November 2022 and sentenced to 20 months in prison.
6. Sultan Sarhan, has been detained since October 2021 and sentenced to two years and 5 months in prison.
7. Khalil Al-A’war has been detained since November 2022 and sentenced to 20 months in prison.
8. Qassam Al-A’war has been detained since July 2022 and sentenced to 26 months in actual prison.
9. Mohammad Al-A’war has been detained since November 2022 and sentenced to 32 months in prison.
10. Nasrallah Al-A’war, has been detained since July 2022 and has been sentenced to 30 months in actual prison.
1. Nour al-Din al-Qawasmi, detained since August 2023.
2. Hassan Darwish, detained since September 2023.
3. Youssef Burgan, detained since July 2023.
4. Muhammad Abdel-Jabbar, detained since May 2023.
5. Malek Bouja, detained since May 2023.
6. Rayan Ateeq, detained since May 2023.
7. Ayham Al-Shaer, detained since April 2023.
8. Musa Al-Muhtaseb, detained since April 2023.
9. Mohammad Ghaith, detained since April 2023.
10. Ghannam Abu Ghannam, detained since the end of 2022.
Daily procedures for families of prisoners
As in the previous two days of the exchange deal, the prisoners were transferred from the prisons to Al-Maskobyeh prison, and were held until the evening hours.
The prisoners who were released explained that the forces stormed the prison rooms and demanded that they prepare themselves within a few minutes because their names were on the lists of those released in an exchange deal, and from there they were transferred to Al-Maskobyeh Prison.
The prisoners explained that the forces tried for hours to provoke them, insult them, and tried to assault some of them.
The prisoners explained that the conditions inside the prisons are extremely difficult, with frequent raids and attacks on young prisoners, the withdrawal of all equipment, and the poor and limited food provided.
The residents explained to the Wadi Hilweh Information Center - Jerusalem that the intelligence summoned “a person from each family” for interrogation to the “Room 4” investigation center, and asked him to bring his identity card and mobile phone.
The families explained that the intelligence brought the families into the investigation center "each person individually", seized their identities and mobile phones, and informed them that their children would be released, under the conditions of "not holding celebrations or gatherings in the streets and in front of homes, and not raising flags and banners and setting off fireworks.”
The families added that they were detained together after interrogation from the afternoon hours until the evening hours, then each person was transferred to a private intelligence vehicle and forced to sit in it. Within minutes, the prisoners were distributed to the vehicles and each prisoner was delivered to the door of his house and asked to enter immediately.
A continuous siege
Since last October 7, the occupation authorities have continued their siege imposed on Al-Aqsa Mosque, preventing entry to it except for Islamic Endowments employees and the elderly, most of whom are residents of the Old City.
The occupation authorities deploy their personnel at the gates of Al-Aqsa, and erect checkpoints and barricades, and examine and verify identities and conduct field investigations with young men.
The forces also continue to impose restrictions on entry into the Old City, by stopping young men, checking identities, and subjecting arrivals to searches, especially young men and women.
In the evening hours, the occupation forces stormed the home of the family of the freed prisoner, Amin Al-Abbasi - before his release, and assaulted the young men present, severely beating and pushing them, while the children were terrified, and the forces were stationed in large numbers in the vicinity of the Al-Abbasi house.
In Hosh Al-A’war in the town of Silwan, the forces imposed a tight siege on it, coinciding with the release of 4 members of the family, the two brothers, Nasrallah and Qassam, and Khalil and Mohammad.
The Information Center explained that the forces were deployed at the entrance to Hosh Al-A’war and prevented vehicles or pedestrians from entering it. They were also stationed at the doors of families’ homes, removing those present and preventing entry for more than an hour.
The forces also stormed the homes of all freed prisoners before their release date.
In the afternoon hours, the forces stormed Hosh Abu Tayeh in Silwan, threw gas bombs, and removed the flags and banners hanging in the streets of the town.
The forces arrested the young man, Osama Barakat, from the village of Sur Baher, and transferred another Jerusalemite to administrative detention.