IDF arrests suspected Hamas terrorists in Jenin sweep
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IDF arrests suspected Hamas terrorists in Jenin sweep

Military engineers prepare to demolish the West Bank homes of three alleged Palestinian attackers

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Israeli soldiers seen during searches in the West Bank city of Jenin, June 19, 2014. (IDF /Spokesperson/Flash90)
Israeli soldiers seen during searches in the West Bank city of Jenin, June 19, 2014. (IDF /Spokesperson/Flash90)

Israel Defense Forces soldiers, working in coordination with the Shin Bet security service, arrested overnight Sunday three suspected Hamas terrorists during a wide-scale operation in the West Bank city of Jenin, the IDF said.

Forces also carried out operations against other Hamas targets in the area, the army said in a statement.

In other activities in the West Bank, IDF engineers along with the Civil Administration, which administers the Israeli-controlled territories in the West Bank, surveyed the homes of three alleged Palestinian attackers in preparation for demolishing the structures, the IDF said.

The army said it was acting “in accordance with the instructions of the political echelon.”

In the village of Al-Mughayyer, near Ramallah, engineers assessed the home of Bassam Fares Ibrahim al-Na’ssan, who, together with an accomplice, tried to stab a border policeman in an attack on October 30 at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank. Forces shot al-Na’ssan, killing him, while the second attacker was shot and critically injured in the attack.

In the village of Silwad, soldiers surveyed the home of Anes Hamad, 21, who last Friday rammed his car into IDF soldiers north of Ramallah, lightly injuring them. Forces on the scene shot Hamad dead.

Engineers also surveyed the home of Abdel Rahman Barghouti, 26, a Palestinian resident of Abud who lightly injured an IDF soldier in a stabbing attack, also last Friday. During a routine security check, Barghouti exited his vehicle and stabbed the soldier in the neck. The soldier sustained minor injuries and other troops shot Barghouti, killing him.

The practice of demolishing the family homes of terrorists has been criticized by nongovernmental groups, but government officials have defended its use as a deterrent against future attacks.

Critics claim that in addition to being a form of collective punishment, house demolitions could motivate family members of terrorists to launch attacks themselves.

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