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Israel to destroy remains of previously demolished Palestinian attacker’s home

July 26, 2017 4:07 P.M. (Updated: July 26, 2017 9:44 P.M.)
Khalid Makhamreh (File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces on Wednesday delivered a demolition notice for the home of Khalid Makhamreh, who along with his cousin Muhammad, carried out a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv in June 2016 that left four Israelis dead.

Both Khalid and Muhammad’s homes, located in the village of Yatta in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, had been demolished in August, though one floor of the two-story house belonging to Khalid’s family was apparently left intact.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces delivered a demolition notice to Khalid’s family, saying that the remaining floor of the house would be demolished because the family had allegedly been using it.

The notice stated that the family had 72 hours to evacuate the house.

The demolition notice received by Khalid Makhamreh’s family

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fast-tracked punitive home demolitions in an effort to “deter” attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals since the beginning of a wave of violence across the occupied Palestinian territory in late 2015, despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice did not deter attacks.

Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has condemned the practice of punitive home demolitions and work permit confiscations as "court-sanctioned revenge" carried out on family members who have not committed crimes, amounting to collective punishment.

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