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Israeli forces ransack home of suspected attacker in Jenin

Oct. 13, 2015 4:59 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 13, 2015 6:27 P.M.)
(AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh/File)
JENIN (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Tuesday raided a house in Jenin belonging to the family of a Palestinian who was arrested last week after allegedly stabbing an Israeli soldier in northern Israel.

Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli troops, together with engineers, ransacked the home of Tariq Abdul-Fattah Yahia, 21, in the village of al-Arqa in western Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

The soldiers reportedly barricaded Yahia's family in one room during the raid.

Yahia allegedly stabbed and injured an Israeli soldier in the northern Israeli town of Afula on Thursday. According to Israeli media, he was tackled and beaten up by bystanders following the attack.

Engineers typically enter a home during Israeli raids if a demolition order is expected, although an Israeli army spokesperson said she had no information of a potential demolition order of Tariq's family home.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to take extreme measures to "deter" future stabbing attacks, including the fast-tracking of demolitions of homes belonging to suspected attackers, as well as wider use of administrative detention.

Rights groups and Palestinian officials have criticized such measures as the collective punishment on Palestinians.

On Monday, the UN agency for Palestinian refugees called for political action to stop the current escalation of violence. "The root causes of the conflict, among them the Israeli occupation, must be addressed," the agency said in a statement.

"Across the occupied Palestinian territory there is a pervasive sense of hopelessness and despair resulting from the denial of rights and dignity," the agency said.
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