Army Invades Beit Ommar for Third Time in One Week

12 August 2011

A cloud of teargas lingers in the main street of Beit Ommar

At around 10pm on the night of the 11th August, the Israeli army once more invaded the town of Beit Ommar. Around eight jeeps and more than twelve soldiers entered the town and advanced along the main road, closing off the entrance to the village behind them, preventing residents returning to their homes.

The soldiers proceeded to fire dozens of rounds of teargas into highly residential areas, accompanied by concussion grenades and flares. Several families inside their homes suffered the effects of teargas inhalation and required medical treatment, some being taken by ambulance to hospital in Hebron.

The soldiers remained in the town until 1am, during which time they continued to fire rounds of teargas regularly. No arrests were made, and there remains no apparent reason for the raid.

The Abu Maria family were one such household affected by the raid. Their family home was struck by two teargas cannisters, forcing the family to flee the building with their 1-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. The ground floor of their house remained uninhabitable for the night due to the lingering gas.

This raid brought the total number of army invasions in Beit Ommar to three in the last week, following an attack on a party in the local park last friday (link here), and a raid on several houses in the Al Memterah area of Beit Ommar on Wednesday night, when eight army jeeps raided the homes of ten local families, firing teargas, flares, and concussion grenades. Two children were arrested during the raids, which lasted for more than two hours.