Israel destroys house of Palestinian accused of murdering settler | Israeli-Palestinian conflict News

Human rights groups regularly condemn Israel’s policy of demolishing houses as a collective punishment.

Riots broke out when Israeli forces invaded a village in the occupied West Bank and destroyed the home of a Palestinian who they say killed an Israeli settler last December.

Using explosives, soldiers destroyed Omar Jaradat’s home on Saturday in the village of Silat al-Harithiya near the flashpoint city of Jenin, an Israeli military statement said.

Palestinians, mostly young men, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails, and soldiers responded with semi-automatic fire, it said.

At least three Palestinians were injured, Palestinian medical sources told Al Jazeera.

Jaradat’s apartment was on the first floor of a building. It was destroyed, but the external structure remained. The demolition took place after an Israeli court dismissed Jaradat’s family’s appeal to leave their home alone.

Israel accuses Jaradat of being part of a Palestinian Islamic Jihad cell that last year shot and killed an Israeli settler near the illegal settlement of Homesh. Two other Israelis were slightly injured in the shooting.

Israeli forces have previously demolished other homes of Jaradat’s relatives in Silat al-Harithiya — two other suspects in the attack, Muhammad Jaradat and Ghaith Jaradat. Those operations in February and March also led to clashes, in which the military shot and killed a Palestinian teenager.

Israel regularly destroys the homes of Palestinians suspected of carrying out attacks, a policy of human rights groups and some Israeli defense officials say it is ineffective, does not deter Palestinians from carrying out further attacks, and is an unfair act of collective punishment.

The clashes are adding to tensions in Israel and the West Bank as a large-scale manhunt continued for a pair of Palestinians suspected of killing three Israelis in an ax attack near Tel Aviv on Thursday night.

Dozens of people have been killed in a series of anti-Israel attacks since March 22. In the past month, Israeli troops and Palestinians have also clashed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the Israeli-annexed old city.

About 475,000 Israelis live in the West Bank in settlements considered illegal under international law, in addition to 2.9 million Palestinians.

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