In pre-demolition step, IDF maps attackers’ West Bank homes

Both houses inspected by engineering troops belong to Palestinians who rammed their cars into groups of soldiers

The home of Palestinian terrorist Abdelrahman al-Shaludi in East Jerusalem after it was destroyed by Israeli authorities on November 19, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
The home of Palestinian terrorist Abdelrahman al-Shaludi in East Jerusalem after it was destroyed by Israeli authorities on November 19, 2014. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

Israel Defense Forces troops entered two West Bank villages in the early hours of Saturday to map out the homes of two Palestinians killed as they carried out separate car-ramming attacks Friday. The mapping procedure is conducted ahead of home demolitions.

Soldiers from Kedem Battalion and engineering troops from the Binyamin Brigade went to a house in Bir Nabala belonging to Fadi Hasib, who wounded two soldiers in an attack at Kfar Adumim Junction on Friday morning, the Hebrew media reported.

Hasib’s brother also attempted to run over a group of Israelis at the same Kfar Adumim bus stop on Sunday.

The troops also visited the home of 19-year-old Omar Za’aqiq, 19, of Beit Ummar, near Hebron, who wounded six soldiers in an attack at the entrance to the village. Palestinians protested as the forces went into the village, the Walla news website said, throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at the troops, who responded by using riot-dispersal measures.

Israel’s practice of demolishing the family homes of terrorists has been criticized by non-governmental groups, but government officials have repeatedly defended the measure as a deterrent against future terror attacks.

The IDF has warned also the family of a terrorist who killed a rabbi and his teenage son in the West Bank that their home is to be demolished, Hamas’s al-Aqsa network said Thursday.

Military sources confirmed army officials had visited the family home of Shadi Ahmad Matua in Hebron, and carried out some survey work, according to the Hebrew-language website Walla. The demolition has not received court approval, and therefore no date has been set for a demolition.

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