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Boaz Albert detained during Succot holiday

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 On Monday, September 23 approximately 2000 people from throughout Israel participated in a show of support for Boaz Albert by visiting him at his succa in the Givat Tekuma neighborhood of Yitzhar. The crowd came to strengthen Albert and identity with his refusal to follow IDF Central Command Major General Nitzan Alon’s administrative order banning him from entering his home in Yitzhar for a year and a half. The following day (Tuesday, September 24) security forces arrived in large numbers and raided Albert’s home in order to detain him for violating the order. Albert chained himself to a device he designed to thwart his removal from his home in protest of the detention. The following is a brief log of the key events of the day. 18:39 Injury reported: A nine year old boy was injured by a Yassam (Special Forces) policeman. The boy is being treated on the scene for a cerebral concussion.

18:46 A team from the Home Front Command has been summoned to Yitzhar in order to remove Albert from his chains. Credit: HaKol HaYehudi

Update: Dozens of dancing and singing Yitzhar residents have crowded into Albert’s home in an attempt to prevent his detention. The police are trying to remove everyone from the house in order to begin releasing Albert from his chains.

18:56 Givat Tekuma’s electricity has crashed. Yassam police have removed all persons, excepting Boaz Albert, from Albert’s house and sealed the windows. The police are currently attempting to break the chains. Gershon Mesika, the Shomron Regional Council Head is inside the house with Albert and the police. Credit: HaKol HaYehudi

Update: After four and a half hours soldiers from the Home Front Command succeeded in releasing Boaz Albert from his chains. Dozens of soldiers are attempting to break through the crowd and remove Albert from his home. Credit: HaKol HaYehudi

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