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Several injured in clashes as army demolishes home of suspect

July 2, 2014 1:12 P.M. (Updated: July 5, 2014 11:27 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces in the Hebron district early Wednesday demolished the home of a Palestinian accused of killing an Israeli police officer in April, sparking clashes with locals that left several injured, locals said.

The Israeli army confirmed it demolished the home of Ziad Awwad in the village of Idhna, saying in a statement that the demolition "serves to deter and conveys a severe warning to terrorists and their accomplices that their actions will bear severe consequences."

According to B'Tselem, 13 people, including eight children, lived in home.

Locals said that as Israeli soldiers used explosives to destroy the home, Palestinians hurled rocks and empty bottles at them.

Israeli forces responded with live fire, rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, and stun grenades, locals said.

Locals identified six Palestinians injured by live bullets as 19-year-old Muhammad Ibrahim Farajallah, 17-year-old Shadi Fadil al-Najjar, 28-year-old Ismail Jubran Muhammad Atiyeh, 20-year-old Qusay Shawqi Tmeizi, 21-year-old Fadi Yousif Jiyawi, and 21-year-old Muataz Samih Mirshid Slemiya.

Four other youths were injured by rubber-coated bullets. They were identified as Bilal Tmeizi, Kathim al-Najjar, Hazim al-Najjar, and Mahmoud Said Awawda.

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Ahmad Bashir Slemiya and 14-year-old Muhammad Samir Nimir Slemiya were injured after a stun grenade exploded while they were playing with it, locals added.

The two were taken to a public hospital in Hebron for treatment.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that during the demolition, some 250 Palestinians hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at soldiers, who responded with "riot dispersal means" and live fire.

The soldiers identified "several hits," the spokeswoman said.

Israeli forces arrested Ziad Awad, 42, on May 7 for suspected involvement in the shooting of Israeli police officer Baruch Mizrahi near Hebron on April 14.

Israel's Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a petition to overturn a demolition order on the house, Israeli rights group HaMoked said in a statement.

"According to the principles of human rights ... house demolitions constitute collective punishment, and are contrary to both international law and the basic precept of Israeli law that a person must not be punished for the acts of others," the group said.

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