Malta Independent

Israel demolishes home of suspected Palestinia­n attacker

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The Israeli military has demolished the family home of a Palestinia­n suspected in a drive-by shooting against Israelis in the occupied West Bank. Israeli forces bulldozed the home of Saleh Barghouti in the West Bank village of Kobar early Wednesday. Barghouti was killed in a raid earlier this year as part of a manhunt in which Israel arrested more than 100 Palestinia­ns. He was accused, along with his brother Aasem, of carrying out a drive-by shooting last December that wounded seven people, including a pregnant woman whose baby later died after being delivered prematurel­y. Aasem Barghouti was arrested, and his home was demolished as well. Israel often demolishes homes of alleged Palestinia­n assailants or their families, saying it deters attacks. Rights groups say the demolition­s amount to collective punishment.

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