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Israeli forces raid Makassed Hospital to prevent 50th anniversary event

Jan. 21, 2019 4:01 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 22, 2019 5:06 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police forces raided the Makassed Hospital Events Hall in occupied East Jerusalem, on Monday, and prevented the administration from holding an event marking 50 years for its establishment.

The Makassed Hospital, the largest in the central occupied West Bank city of Jerusalem, invited Palestinian Minister of Health, Jawad Awwad, Minister of Jerusalem Affairs in the Palestinian Authority (PA), Adnan Husseini, and Jerusalem governor, Adnan Ghaith, along with other Palestinian officials and guests to attend the celebratory event.
The event also included the inauguration of new hospital wards.

A Ma'an reporter said that Israeli police forces raided the events hall before the start of the celebration and hung a notice on the door ordering closure of the hall, in addition to banning any activity to be held under the pretext that the event was held "under the auspices of the Palestinian Authority."

Despite the notice, the hospital's administration along with the guests decided to hold the celebration outdoors.

As a result, a large number of Israeli forces raided the events hall again and forced all guests to evacuate the area, during which soldiers used forced against the guests and assaulted several of them.

Additionally, two Palestinians were detained. They were identified as Said Rakan and a local activist, Ahed al-Rasheq.

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