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Army issues demolition order for home of gunman who killed soldier at checkpoint

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Udai Tamimi, 22, of the Shuafat refugee camp, is the suspected shooter behind a deadly attack on Saturday October 8, 2022 in which a female soldier was shot and killed at close range at a checkpoint near the camp in East Jerusalem. (Photo used in accordance with clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Udai Tamimi, 22, of the Shuafat refugee camp, is the suspected shooter behind a deadly attack on Saturday October 8, 2022 in which a female soldier was shot and killed at close range at a checkpoint near the camp in East Jerusalem. (Photo used in accordance with clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

The military formally issues a demolition order for the home of a Palestinian gunman who killed an Israeli soldier at a checkpoint near Jerusalem in October.

Udai Tamimi is accused of killing Sgt. Noa Lazar, 18, and seriously wounding a civilian guard on October 8 at a checkpoint near the Shuafat refugee camp in East Jerusalem.

The military initiated the process of demolishing Tamimi’s home in the refugee camp last month by notifying his family of Israel’s intention to raze it.

The seizure and demolition order for Tamimi’s home is signed by the head of the Israel Defense Forces’ Home Front Command, Maj. Gen. Rafi Milo, as he is the relevant officer within Israeli territory, including East Jerusalem.

Milo signs the demolition order after “examining and considering the claims of the terrorist’s family and his neighbors against the intention to demolish the apartment… and deciding to reject the claims,” the IDF says.

An appeal can be submitted against the planned demolition of the home, but such attempts rarely succeed.

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