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Israel measures family home of Palestinian prisoners for demolition

Oct. 3, 2018 1:07 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 4, 2018 12:09 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces, along with Israeli army engineers, raided the Abu Hmeid family home, on predawn Wednesday, 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 home, 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 took measurements of the home, in preparation to demolish the four-story building, and ordered the Abud Hmeid family to evacuate the premises.

Locals confirmed that clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces following the raid, during which the youths threw rocks and Molotov cocktails and Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear-gas bombs.

No injuries were reported from the clashes.

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, 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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