IDF troops raze West Bank home of accused Ofra attack terrorist

IDF troops raze West Bank home of accused Ofra attack terrorist

Salih Barghouti was shot dead a week after December attack that injured 7, including pregnant woman whose baby later died

Israeli troops on Wednesday razed the home of a Palestinian accused of carrying out a West Bank terror attack in December, the military said.

In a predawn operation, Israeli security forces entered the West Bank town of Kobar, near Ramallah, and demolished the apartment of Salih Barghouti.

Barghouti was killed by Israeli troops during his attempted arrest on December 12.

Seven people were injured in the Ofra attack, including a seven-months-pregnant woman who was seriously wounded and whose baby died several days later, after doctors were forced to deliver it prematurely due to her injuries.

Asem (L) and Salih (R) Barghouti at a rally in Kobar after the former was released from Israeli prison in April 2018 (screenshot: Twitter)

A day after Barghouti was killed, his brother Asem, who had assisted him in the attack, carried out a second shooting attack at a bus stop near the outpost of Givat Assaf.

Two soldiers, Sgt. Yosef Cohen and Staff Sgt. Yovel Mor Yosef, were killed in the Givat Assaf attack.

Another soldier, Israeli-American Netanel Felber, was seriously injured and Shira Sabag, a civilian woman, was also hurt in the shooting.

Asem Barghouti was arrested in January following a nearly month-long manhunt.

His home, also in Kobar, was destroyed by the IDF last month, despite an appeal to the High Court of Justice.

Relatives of Amichai and Shira Ish-Ran attend the funeral of their baby, who was born prematurely after his mother was wounded in a terror attack outside the West Bank settlement of Ofra, at Mount of Olives ceremony in Jerusalem on December 12, 2018. (Yonatan Sindel, Flash90)

Though controversial, Israeli authorities defend home demolitions as a deterrent against future terror attacks.

Critics say the move amounts to collective punishment and is ineffective.

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