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Israeli forces seal home of Palestinian charged with manslaughter

April 11, 2016 5:32 P.M. (Updated: April 11, 2016 6:26 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- Israeli forces on Monday sealed the home of a young imprisoned Palestinian after evicting his family in the Sur Bahir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

The family of Abed Mahmoud Dawiyat told Ma’an a large number of Israeli forces stormed the neighborhood and deployed heavily in the streets Monday morning.

Israeli officers broke into the house and sealed all the windows and doors with wooden boards as the family was preparing to leave to attend a hearing for Dawiyat at an Israeli court in Jerusalem.

Five family members had been living in the house.

The family said that the head of the Israeli army's home front decided earlier this month to seal the house, despite the fact that Dawiyat has not yet been convicted by an Israeli court. The Israeli supreme court had given the family 24 hours to evacuate their home.

Dawiyat is one of five young Palestinians charged with manslaughter for throwing rocks at an Israeli settler’s vehicle in September 2015. The settler lost control of his car and later succumbed to his wounds after being hospitalized for critical injuries.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed to Ma’an that Dawiyat's family home was sealed Monday as punishment for the stone throwing.

Israeli authorities often seal or demolish the homes of Palestinians who have committed attacks against Israelis, a policy that has been condemned by rights groups as collective punishment.

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