IDF raids Palestinian news station suspected of incitement
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IDF raids Palestinian news station suspected of incitement

USB drive and memory card taken from offices of Al Quds radio station in Hebron

Dov Lieber is The Times of Israel's Arab affairs correspondent.

Illustrative photo of an IDF soldier on March 2, 2015 (IDF spokesperson's office)
Illustrative photo of an IDF soldier on March 2, 2015 (IDF spokesperson's office)

The Israeli army on Thursday morning raided the offices of the Palestinian news station Al Quds located in the West Bank city of Hebron.

The IDF said the operation was carried out after the station was suspected of having “inciting materials.”

“As part of the ongoing efforts against incitement in the Judea and Samaria region, forces confiscated a USB drive and a memory card suspected to contain inciting materials from a radio station in Hebron,” an IDF spokesperson said in a statement.

Videos on social media showed the aftermath of the raid.

The Al Quds station is seen as sympathetic to the Hamas terror group, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Over the past few years, IDF raids have targeted several Palestinian media outlets in the Hebron region suspected of incitement.

The Israeli military stepped up its operations against Palestinian media accused of incitement follow the beginning of the “lone-wolf intifada,” an ongoing, though waning, terror wave that began in October 2015.

Since September 2015, mainly Palestinian assailants have killed 43 Israelis, two visiting Americans, a Palestinian man and a British student, mainly in stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks. In that time, some 250 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, a majority of them attackers, according to authorities.

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