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Israeli forces demolish Hebron homes of kidnap suspects
Published Monday 18/08/2014 (updated) 20/08/2014 13:06
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Israeli soldiers stand guard next to their vehicles on June 30, 2014
as they block the northern entrance of the village of Halhul, near the
West Bank town of Hebron, after the bodies of the three Israeli
teenagers were found (AFP Hazem Bader)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces overnight Sunday demolished the Hebron homes of two Palestinians named as suspects in the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers in June, locals said.

Israeli forces demolished the homes of Amir Abu Eisha and Husam al-Qawasmi and sealed off the home of Marwan Qawasmi by pumping concrete into the property.

Locals said large numbers of Israeli forces arrived first at the home of Abu Eisha in the Wadi al-Sir neighborhood and ordered the family to evacuate the home.

Army engineers then set explosives in the house and blew up the property, turning it into rubble.

Israeli soldiers then moved to the Abu Kteila neighborhood and destroyed the home of Husam al-Qawasmi.

Clashes broke out between locals and soldiers, with several Palestinians injured by rubber-coated steel bullets, including a journalist Radi Karamah.

The home of Marwan Qawasmi was sealed off by pumping large amounts of concrete into the house. Several mixer trucks were at the scene of the incident.

Israel accuses the three men of kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers near the illegal Gush Etzion settlement bloc in Hebron in early June.

Marwan Qawasmi was detained by Israeli forces in July. Israel accuses Qawasmi of ordering Abu Eisha and Husam al-Qawasmi to carry out the abduction.

Israeli rights group Hamoked had petitioned the Israeli high court to stop the demolitions, arguing that the measure would harm innocent people, including children, and constitutes collective punishment.

"The demolition of the terrorists' homes conveys a clear message to terrorists and their accomplices that there is a personal price to pay when engaging in terror and carrying out attacks against Israelis," Israeli army spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said.

Israel launched a widespread search and arrest campaign in the occupied West Bank following the kidnapping of the teenagers, targeting Hamas affiliates and infrastructure and detaining hundreds of people.

Israeli forces killed at least six Palestinians during the arrest raids.

Jewish extremists kidnapped and killed Palestinian teenager Muhammad Abu Khdeir in early July in a revenge attack.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
18/08/2014 11:58
When will the Israeli's demolish houses belonging to the killers of Abu Khdeir? I doubt it very much and yet they call themsleves as the only democracy in the ME!! Questionable!

2 ) And would Arabs do? / BEHEAD THE WHOLE
18/08/2014 12:03
FAMILY?

3 ) Maureen / Australia
18/08/2014 14:23
And the "Jewish extremists" (terrorists) what happens to their homes? How many Jews were killed during their arrest?

4 ) Mel / USA
18/08/2014 15:03
What comes around goes around,Zionist Israel. Do unto others as you would have them do unto YOU.....

5 ) BUT THE TWO MURDERES / ARE STILL AT LARGE
18/08/2014 15:18
which means that someone is protecting them VERY WELL

6 ) Andy / UK
18/08/2014 15:26
Will the murderers of Muhammad Abu Khdeir be having their properties either demolished or filled with concrete (what's all that about?). How can Israel expect to be taken seriously when they order these kinds of collective punishment acts against relatives who might not even have similar political views never mind supported the killings. We in the 'civilised' world wait for a trial outcome before punishing a convict, obviously Israel has some catching up to do.

7 ) Who is next / USA
18/08/2014 15:39
These people haven't even been captured or tried and their families are innocents. When are the Israeli's going to destroy the homes of Khdeir's confessed killers.

8 ) Peter / Canada
18/08/2014 19:03
Well Fair IS Fair. Perhaps we should blow up (or fill with concrete) the homes of all the leaders of the IDF and Bibi's cabinet.

9 ) Arnold / Canada
18/08/2014 20:41
Like little children having a tantrum..... Palestinians need to learn lessons the hard way. Seems the P to teach them a lesson. As far as the Israeli kids who murdered the Palestinian boy.... they will be punished by the Israeli court system.

10 ) carine / UK
19/08/2014 01:38
But Arnold, there is no proof as to who kidnapped and killed the 3 settlers. Maybe Israel should be looking closer to home, in some illegal settlement or even Mossad HQ!

11 ) Outlier / USA
19/08/2014 03:11
The PA could have helped Israel and itself by cooperating in the investigation of these crimes. Instead, it did nothing. After so many years, the statement still rings true - the Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

12 ) Maureen / Australia
19/08/2014 08:23
#9 Why so, Arnold? How come "the Israeli kids" get to have their case dealt with in a court of law whilw Palestinians are collectively punished/terrorized?

13 ) Andy / UK
19/08/2014 17:08
Arnold: So you are saying Israeli's are capable and responsive to generally agreed, international accepted laws but the Palestinians aren't? (I detect a superiority complex and history doesn't support your inferred claim) Doesn't the fact that they forced the young lad to drink gasoline before they set fire to him fill you with disgust? Do you not think the Israeli governments use of the 3 students to attack Hamas by reporting that they might be alive when they knew they were dead trouble you?
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