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Israel measures home of 5 Palestinian prisoners for demolition

Aug. 14, 2018 11:53 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 14, 2018 5:04 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces, along with Israeli army engineers, raided the Abu Hmeid family home on predawn Tuesday in the al-Amari refugee camp in the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Locals said that Israeli forces escorting with army engineers raided the al-Amari refugee camp and inspected Umm Nasser Abu Hmeid's house, mother of four Palestinian prisoners, a fifth accused of killing an Israeli soldier and another who was killed by Israeli forces in 2002.

Israeli forces raided took measurements of the house in preparation to demolish it.

Clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces following the raid; no injuries were reported.

Abu Hmeid's son, Islam, was detained by Israeli forces in June and charged with stone throwing and accused of killing an Israeli soldier during clashes in which he threw a stone on an Israeli soldier's, later killing the soldier.

Abu Hmeid's other has four sons, Nasser, 37, Nasr, 35, Sharif, 29, and Muhammad, 24, are currently serving multiple life terms in Israeli prisons for resisting Israeli forces during raids or clashes; Abu Hmeid's sixth son, Abed al-Munim was shot and killed by Israeli forces in the Qalandiya refugee camp in 2002.

Israel always demolishes family homes of Palestinians, who were involved in attacking Israelis as part of its collective punishment policy against the Palestinian people.

Israel has come under harsh condemnation over the past several years for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis, which rights groups have said amounted to "collective punishment" on family members and entire communities in a clear violation of international law.

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