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Israel razes homes of two Palestinians

4. Home Demolition
Palestinians gather at the site of the demolished home of Assad Al-Rifai in Rummanah town in the occupied West Bank, on August 8, 2022. Israeli occupation forces demolished the home on Monday. (Photo: AFP)

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories — Israeli occupation forces demolished on Monday the homes of two young Palestinians in the occupied West Bank Israel accuses of carrying out an axe attack in May.اضافة اعلان

Bulldozers tore down the family homes of Assad Al-Rifai, 19, and Subhi Abu Shukair, 20, in the village of Rummanah, near Jenin in the north of the West Bank, Israeli forces said.

Kamal Abu Al-Rub, deputy governor of Jenin, told AFP that more than 50 military vehicles had stormed the town overnight.

“The electricity was cut off from the area, and the vehicles continued to attack the two houses until Monday morning,” he said.

Families of the two men had lost appeals filed with Israel’s supreme court to prevent the demolitions.

Israel routinely demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of carrying out attacks.

It argues such measures act as a deterrent, but critics say it amounts to collective punishment, which is illegal international humanitarian law.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

About 475,000 Jewish settlers currently live in the West Bank in communities considered illegal by most of the international community, alongside some 2.8 million Palestinians.

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