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Israeli police assault and arrest Silwan resident

19 October 2010 | International Solidarity Movement

Today Israeli police beat and arrested Mahmoud Rwidy, a 40-year-old resident of the Silwan Spring area in Wadi Hilweh, while he was away with his son to visit the doctor.

Eyewitnesses confirm that police fired pepper spray heavily and directly at Mahmoud Rwidy, and that they then beat and arrested him.

The incident took place at the south entrance of Wadi Hilweh neighborhood, where this morning Israeli forces escalated their presence.

Settler’s threw stones at Mahmoud Rwidy’s house on Sunday, in the clashes that followed an Israeli police threat to demolish the Silwan protest tent erected upon the house of Naim Rwidy, uncle of Mahmoud Rwidy.