Wednesday, January 10, 2007

non-violent resistance to house demolition

Hundreds of Gazan citizens form human shields to prevent the destruction of houses
Date: 10 / 01 / 2007 Time: 10:20
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Gaza - Ma'an - On Tuesday evening, hundreds of Gazans from different political movements used themselves as human shields to prevent the bombardment by the Israeli forces of a house belonging a top activist in the Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad movement.

The Israeli forces in the late hours of Tuesday night ordered the evacuation of the house of Ibrahim Jum'a, a member of the Al-Quds Brigades, so as to destroy it. This incident marks the return of the 'warnings campaign' to evacuate the houses of operatives in order to destroy them. The campaign was very active last year.

As soon as the warning to the Jum'a family came, hundreds of citizens hurried to protect the three-floor house in the Saftawi neighborhood in northern Gaza City.

Last year human shields were able to prevent the destruction of several houses after they received warnings from the Israeli army, normally via a telephone call to their home of mobile phone.

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