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Israel raids home of soldier stab suspect, detains brother

Nov. 14, 2013 11:01 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 14, 2013 9:30 P.M.)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Thursday detained the brother and a friend of the Palestinian teenager suspected of stabbing an Israeli soldier to death on Wednesday, relatives said.

A large Israeli military force raided the home of 16-year-old suspect Hussein Sharif Ghawadra after midnight, damaging the main gate of the property and releasing sound bombs, Ghawadra's father told Ma'an.

"The Israeli army treated all of us in an aggressive way, and wreaked havoc in the house. They destroyed the windows and the doors. They removed the water tanks, and detained my son Mutasem, who is a university student. They also detained Hussein's friend, Jamil Mohammad Ghawadra and assaulted my wife, my son Tawfiq, and I."

Israeli forces also threatened to demolish the home, according to Ghawadra's father, and asked the family to remove all of their furniture from the house.

Intelligence officers interrogated him about Hussein's life and his motivations for stabbing an Israeli soldier.

Hussein Sharif Ghawadra, 16, stabbed soldier Eden Atias while traveling on a bus in Afula, northern Israel.

Ghawadra told Israeli police that he entered Israel illegally to work, and if he couldn't find employment he would kill an Israeli in revenge for the imprisonment of two of his relatives in Israeli jails, according to Haaretz.
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