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IDF raids Ramallah TV station

Transmission equipment, computers and documents taken from al-Watan offices

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RAMALLAH — A Palestinian broadcaster says Israeli troops raided his TV station, seizing transmission equipment, computers and documents.

The Israeli military had no immediate comment. Israeli media reported that the station’s transmissions were going out on a frequency that risked interference with air traffic control at Ben Gurion Airport.

The station’s director, Moammar Orabi, says about 30 soldiers raided his al-Watan TV in the city of Ramallah before dawn Wednesday. The TV is an outlet for Palestinian citizens groups.

Orabi says an Israeli officer told station employees to “say hello to Khader Adnan.”

Adnan is a Palestinian detainee who waged a hunger strike for more than two months to protest being held without formal charges.

Ramallah is part of the Palestinian self-rule areas, but Israeli forces still routinely conduct raids there.

 

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