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Locals: Israeli forces assault entire family during al-Issawiya raid

Feb. 29, 2016 12:32 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 29, 2016 9:11 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces physically assaulted an entire family in the occupied East Jerusalem village of al-Issawiya overnight Sunday after the family resisted during an arrest raid, the local village mukhtar said.

Darwish Darwish, the head of the village, told Ma'an that Israeli forces stormed the home of Tareq and Tahreer Darwish with the intention of detaining the couple's sons Yousef, 18, and Laith, 17.

The two teenagers, along with their father, resisted the detention, and Israeli forces attacked the three, beating them.

Darwish said that the family told him that when Israeli forces began beating the father and two brothers, other members of the family stepped in and tried to stop Israeli forces, who then turned on the rest of the family.

According to the mayor, the mother, Tahreer, 37, her daughter, Batoul, 14, and two-year-old son Darwish all suffered bruises and lacerations all over their bodies.

Israeli forces detained the entire family, including the toddler, after the assault. The family was detained while still barefoot and in pajamas, the mayor said.

Darwish added that Israeli forces ransacked the family home, destroying valuables, before taking the family to a police station in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem, and then transferring them to the Salah al-Din police station near Damascus Gate.

After four hours of detention, Israeli forces released the mother and her young son, but kept the rest of the family, including the 14-year-old daughter, under detention.

The 17-year-old son Laith is set to appear in Israeli court for a trial on Monday. The charges levied against him are unknown.

While the mayor shares a last name with the family, Darwish is one of the most popular surnames in al-Issawiya village, and the family is not necessarily directly related to the mayor.

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