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Israeli forces demolish homes of 2 Palestinians in Hebron area

Feb. 23, 2016 10:53 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 23, 2016 8:22 P.M.)
An Israeli soldier stands guard as an army bulldozer with a demolition permit pulls down the house of a Palestinian family near the West Bank town of Hebron on January 20, 2015. (AFP/Hazem Bader, File)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces raided two Palestinian towns in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron overnight Monday, where they demolished the homes of two young men who carried out attacks against Israelis.

A video shared online by an Israeli army spokesperson showed excavators demolishing two houses in the middle of the night.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli troops stormed the town of Deir Samit and demolished the home of Muhammad al-Huroub.

Israeli forces detained al-Huroub after he shot and killed two Israelis near the illegal settlement bloc of Gush Etzion south of Bethlehem in November. A young Palestinian bystander was also shot dead in the attack.

Israeli forces also demolished the home of Raed Muhammad Jabara al-Masalma in the town of Dura near Hebron. Al-Masalma was also detained in November after he stabbed to death two Israelis in Tel Aviv.

Punitive home demolitions were expedited at the request of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in mid-October, and many have been carried out since.

The move came despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice does not deter attacks.

While families who receive demolition orders are given the opportunity to appeal the measures, Israel’s High Court of Justice typically rejects such appeals, according to Israeli watchdog Hamoked.

Israeli rights group B’Tselem condemned the practice in October as "court-sanctioned revenge," carried out on family members who have not committed crimes, amounting to collective punishment.
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