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Israeli security forces arrest Palestinian journalist in West Bank
September 29, 2017
Source: Committee to Protect Journalists

Israeli forces arrested Palestinian journalist Abdul Rahman Awad [on September 26, 2017] at his home in the village of Budrus, 19 miles (31 kilometers) northwest of Ramallah, according his employer and news reports. Awad is a correspondent in Ramallah for the Hamas-affiliated Palestinian news agency Safa.
Awad’s wife, Sana Abdel Hafez, told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that Israeli security forces broke the main door of their house and entered at 2 a.m. . According to Abdel Hafez, they told Awad to identify himself, and asked the journalist questions about his work. Awad wrote feature stories, and covered social and humanitarian issues relating to Palestinians living in the West Bank.  
The security forces then took Awad to change clothes, arrested him, and transferred the journalist to an unknown location, according to his wife.
Abdel Hafez said her husband was not charged during the arrest, and she has not heard from him since security forces took him away.  
Awad’s arrest follows an August 31 raid Israeli troops carried out on the Hebron office of the Fatah-affiliated al-Hurriya Media Network. In the same incident, the troops shuttered the Manbar al-Hurriya radio station for six months on the grounds that the broadcaster incited terrorist attacks.