Published: 2017-08-11 20:39
Last Updated: 2017-08-12 11:12
Fifty Israeli army vehicles raided the villages of Deir Abu Mash'al and Silwad in Ramallah, where they demolished two homes and sealed one in the early hours of Thursday morning, leaving their residents homeless.
The homes belonged to the families of alleged Palestinian attackers, Bara’a Ibrahim Saleh, 18, and Osama Ahmad Atta, 19, who were shot dead after reportedly carrying out a deadly attack, leaving an Israeli police officer dead.
Meanwhile, the home of alleged assailant Hassan Ankosh, 18, was sealed, not demolished, according to an Israeli army spokesperson.
Suliman Al-Wairi, director of the Abdullah Hourani Center for Studies, explained in a statement that Ankosh’s home was just sealed because “it is located in a crowded residential area of the village.”
Israeli authorities also prohibited Palestinians from leaving their homes while the demolitions were taking place, according to locals. However, the villagers resisted the Israeli presence by blaring out resistance through mosque loudspeakers.
Other villagers resisted by clashing with the demolishers, leaving three youths injured from Israeli fire.
Orders to demolish the Palestinian homes were sent after the attack near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem last month.