IDF raids hometown of Tel Aviv gunmen, maps house for demolition
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IDF raids hometown of Tel Aviv gunmen, maps house for demolition

Soldiers make several arrests in West Bank village, close off area except for 'humanitarian cases'

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Israeli forces raided the West Bank hometown of two Palestinian terrorists who carried out a lethal shooting attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night, the army said.

An undisclosed number of residents were arrested and the village, Yatta in the Hebron Hills, was closed off until further notice following a “security assessment,” the Israel Defense Forces announced on Thursday morning.

Entrance to and exit from the village will only be allowed in “humanitarian cases,” the army said.

During the late night raid, the home of one terrorist was measured and prepared for eventual demolition, the IDF said.

Israel says home demolitions are used as a deterrent against future attacks, though critics say they amount to collective punishment and are ineffective.

IDF troops surround the West Bank town of Yatta, the home of two terrorists who carried out a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv's Sarona Market, June 9, 2016. (IDF Spokesman)
IDF troops surround the West Bank town of Yatta, the home of two terrorists who carried out a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, June 9, 2016. (IDF Spokesman)

Elsewhere in the West Bank, Israeli forces arrested seven Palestinians for taking part in violent protests and throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at soldiers and civilians.

In Awarta, south of Nablus, IDF soldiers arrested one person suspected of taking part in riots. A few miles south of there, another two people were picked up in Beita al-Foka.

Soldiers arrested another two people in Bethlehem. One person was also arrested in al-Azariya, east of Jerusalem, and one more was picked up in Beit Surik, near Ramallah.

Israeli security forces at the scene where a terrorist opened fire at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 8, 2016. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene where a terrorist opened fire at the Sarona Market shopping center in Tel Aviv, on June 8, 2016. (Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Four people were killed and 16 more injured when two Palestinian terrorists opened fire inside a restaurant in the Sarona Market shopping complex in central Tel Aviv. The two gunmen were caught shortly after the attack.

Michael Feige, professor of Israel studies at Ben Gurion University. (Dani Machlis)
Michael Feige, professor of Israel studies at Ben Gurion University. (Dani Machlis)

On Thursday morning, the police revealed the names of the deceased victims: Ido Ben Ari, Ilana Naveh, Michael Feige and Mila Misheiv.

Sixteen others were injured, three of whom remained in intensive care Thursday morning at nearby Ichilov Hospital, along with one of the attackers who was shot by a security guard, according to a hospital spokesperson.

In response to the attack, Israel’s Defense Ministry froze 83,000 permits given to Palestinians to travel to Israel during the Muslim Ramadan holy month Thursday.

The rescinded permits would have allowed Palestinians from the West Bank to visit family in Israel or the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Permits for 500 people from the Gaza Strip to attend Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque were also revoked.

The ministry also froze 204 regular work permits for members of the shooters’ extended families, according to the Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories, the Defense Ministry unit that manages civilian affairs in the West Bank.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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