Is­rael de­stroys home of Pales­tinian sus­pect in mur­der case

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

NABLUS— Is­rael on Tues­day de­stroyed the West Bank home of a Pales­tinian ac­cused of aid­ing in the Oc­to­ber 2015 mur­der of a Jewish set­tler cou­ple in the Is­rae­lioc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory.

Pales­tinian Zeid Amr, aged 26 or 27, is ac­cused of be­ing part of a squad from Ha­mas that am­bushed and shot dead Naama and Ei­tam Henkin in front of their young chil­dren as the cou­ple drove on a road be­tween two West Bank set­tle­ments.

Amr, who is al­leged to have staked out the at­tack site ahead of the shoot­ing, was de­tained along with four other Ha­mas- linked sus­pects a few days af­ter the at­tack.

His fa­ther Ziad Amr told AFP that Israeli troops ar­rived at the fam­ily apart­ment in the north­ern West Bank city of Nablus around 6: 30 am ( 0330) GMT on Tues­day.

“They de­stroyed in­te­rior walls and closed off our home,” he said, adding that the fam­ily had been given ad­vance warn­ing af­ter their ap­peal in Is­rael’s Supreme Court was re­jected.

An Israeli army spokes- woman con­firmed the de­mo­li­tion. “He was a mem­ber of a Ha­mas- af­fil­i­ated ter­ror cell that planned and ex­e­cuted the ter­ror at­tack on Oc­to­ber 1, killing Ei­tam and Naama Henkin,” she told AFP, say­ing Amr had “scouted” the route for the at­tack.

Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu has ac­cel­er­ated de­mo­li­tions of the homes of al­leged at­tack­ers in a bid to halt a wave of vi­o­lence that has killed 203 Pales­tini­ans and 28 Is­raelis since Oc­to­ber.

Most of the Pales­tini­ans killed were car­ry­ing out knife, gun or car- ram­ming at­tacks, Israeli au­thor­i­ties say. Crit­ics say the home de­mo­li­tions con­sti­tute col­lec­tive pun­ish­ment, in breach of in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian law, but sup­port­ers say it helps de­ter wouldbe at­tack­ers.

In De­cem­ber, the army blew up the Nablus home of Ra­jeb Ali­weh, a Pales­tinian ac­cused of mas­ter­mind­ing the killing of the Henk­ins.

Ha­mas, which rules the Gaza Strip but is also ac­tive in the West Bank, has not claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the at­tack.— Agen­cies

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