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Israeli forces 'blow up homes' of Palestinian suspects
Published Tuesday 01/07/2014 (updated) 01/07/2014 15:59
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HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces in Hebron late Monday blew up the homes of two Palestinians Israel says are prime suspects in the kidnapping and killing of three teens who were found dead earlier that evening, witnesses said.

The two houses, which are both located in the same neighborhood in northwest Hebron, belong to the families of Marwan al-Qawasmeh, 29, and Amer Abu Eisha, 33.

After Israeli forces in Halhul north of Hebron found three bodies presumed to be those of three Israeli teens who went missing on June 12, soldiers surrounded the houses, forcibly removed the families, and declared the area a closed military zone, locals said.

Witnesses said the homes were then blown up by explosives.

Locals had told Ma'an earlier that soldiers were preparing to demolish the homes.

An Israeli army spokeswoman said that the homes "were not demolished," but said Israeli forces searched the houses late Monday.

Military sources told Ma'an that soldiers used explosives to break down the doors of the houses, and that a fire caused by the one of the explosions "got a little out of control."

Video footage, not independently verified by Ma'an, emerged showing an explosion in the Abu Eisha home as Israeli forces were stationed nearby.



Flames and smoke billow from the blown-up house of Amer Abu Eisha, one
of two Palestinians suspected in the killing of three kidnapped Israelis, in Hebron on July
1, 2014 (AFP Hazem Bader)

Meanwhile, Palestinians clashed with Israeli forces, hurling empty bottles and stones at soldiers, who fired tear gas and stun grenades, locals said.

Entrances to Halhul and Hebron were shut down, witnesses added.

Israeli forces have killed six Palestinians in the West Bank military operation that followed the disappearance of three Israeli teenagers from the Gush Etzion settlement on June 12.

The Israeli army said on Thursday that it was still searching for Abu Eisha and al-Qawasmeh.

Abu Eisha's family has denied the allegations.
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1 ) Todd / Canada
01/07/2014 11:08
I really hope things calm down over in your part of the world. This conflict is just getting uglier and uglier.

2 ) Erik / South Africa
01/07/2014 16:11
They blow up the family homes of the suspected kidnappers! What sort of "justice" is this? In my understanding - a "suspect" is innocent - until proven guilty and convicted. Destroying the homes of a family - that smacks of .collective punishment. Like what the Nazis did to the families of guerilla fighters in the 2nd WW... Its simply disgusting! And killing a 16-year-old in Jenin... same age as the kidnapped and brutally murdered settler-kids? Is that justified?

3 ) Johnny benson / USA
01/07/2014 18:29
What's with the military music?...the Arab 16yr old threw a firebomb...it's a forever war...until the Arabs give up their hate...which is never,they hate even each other as Syria and Iraq go to prove ..their never has been a peaceful Muslim nation in the levant they have been at war with everybody and each other since the beginning of Islam .

4 ) Ben Alofs / UK?Netherlands
01/07/2014 23:01
2) Erik, excellent comment. My thoughts exactly. The Israeli response to the kidnap and murder of the Israeli teenagers is yet more collective punishment. To arrest and prosecute those responsible for the murder of the settler youngsters is correct. But at the same time I would want the prosecution and conviction of the Israeli soldier, who cowardly killed 14 year Mohammed Dudeen from Halhoul last week from a distance of 80 meters. Where is justice in all this?

5 ) Outlier / USA
02/07/2014 00:11
Sometimes consequences go beyond those who take the original act. Potential consequences always should be an element in decision-making.

6 ) Mel / USA
02/07/2014 02:22
#2:Erik/S/Africa:No Erik,Israel's constant response to Palestine's legal resistance is never justified.But then,"chosenites"like Zionists,Nazis & S/African white-colonialists don't respect rule of law,habeus corpus. White might is held higher than human rights.Nazism(master race)=racism=Zionist Hafrada/Lehava/segregation=Israeli apartheid.Its only"justification"is that USG patrons,& ignores it,after US Vets died FIGHTING all that,in WW2. All because USG's scared of being called'anti-Semitic'!?1

7 ) Amira / USA
02/07/2014 02:32
The Israelis are too dirty to consider a suspect "innocent until proven guilty". They certainly don't understand or respect this concept. They kill innocent civilians every day. The world needs to seek justice for the Palestinians, not stand back and just watch.

8 ) Kristallnacht / Upon Us
02/07/2014 02:37
"Used explosives to break down doors"? I thought Israel's army had some skills. If anyone was behind that door they won't be answering any questions. Israel has, as per it's military spokesperson "got a little out of control."
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