Thursday, December 3, 2015

Israel demolishes two houses on Wednesday and Thursday, lots of people wounded

''Security measures'' surrounding Wednesday's demolition in the Shu'afat camp near Jerusalem. (Photo Ma'an)

Israeli forces early Thursday demolished the Nablus home of a Palestinian man suspected for organizing an attack in October that left two Israeli settlers dead, Palestinian security sources said.The demolition took place a day after Israeli forces carried out another demolition in the Shu'afat refugee camp near Jerusalem, after which heavy riots broke out.
Palestinian security sources told Ma’an that Israeli forces raided the al-Dahya neighborhood in the southern area of Nablus before demolishing the home of Ragheb Ahmad Muhammed Alawi. Israeli soldiers forced Alawi’s family to evacuate the home hours before the demolition, a relative, Ahmad Alawi, told Ma’an. The home was inside of a four-story building that held eight total apartments, and the demolition likely caused damage to neighboring units, Alawi added. In the six or seven cases that Israel destroyed houses of suspects earlier these months, at least more than double that number of neighbouring houses was destroyed as well in the process, the human rights organisation B'tselem reported recently.
An Israeli army spokesperson  said that the demolition was carried out on the grounds that Alawi “plotted and executed the lethal attack” that killed the Israeli settlers Naama and Eitam Henkin on Oct. 1. The 37-year-old was responsible for recruiting and supplying weapons for the men who carried out the attack, and was part of a “Hamas terror cell,” the spokesperson added.
Clashes broke out in Nablus following Thursday’s demolition, and one youth was shot in the face with a rubber-coated steel-bullet, locals told Ma’an.He was transferred to Nablus’ Rafidya hospital for medical treatment.
Alawi -- married with one child -- was one of five Palestinians to be imprisoned on Oct. 3 after Israel’s internal security service, Shin Bet, said the five confessed to involvement in the Oct. 1 attack during interrogation that took place shortly after.The homes of three others detained at the time -- Yahia Haj Hamed, Samir Zahir Kusa, and Kerem Lutfi Razek -- were destroyed by Israeli forces on Nov. 13.
One day earlier, on Wednesdday, Israeli forces shot and injured 13 Palestinians in the Shu'afat refugee camp during clashes which broke out after the demolition of the home of camp resident Ibrahim al-Akkari, who carried out a deadly attack in Jerusalem last year.The Palestinian Red Crescent in Jerusalem told Ma’an that a total of 43 Palestinians were given medical treatment following the clashes that erupted after the demolition in the East Jerusalem camp.Thirteen were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets, while 30 others suffered from severe tear gas inhalation, the Red Crescent said. The calshes occurred after more than 1,200 Israeli soldiers accompanied by Israeli police raided the camp, preventing the movement of residents inside while sealing roads leading out of Shu'afat. The forces were sent in to secure the area before the demolition of the family home of Ibrahim al-Akkari, who was shot dead after he drove his car into a light rail stop in Jerusalem on Nov. 5, 2014, killing an Israeli soldier and injuring 13 others.
 Israeli forces shot and critically injured an elderly Palestinian woman in the neck on Wednesday near al-Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza, spokesperson for the Gaza-based Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, told Ma'an. The elderly woman was hit with a live bullet in her neck and was evacuated to Shuhada al-Aqsa Hospital in critical condition.
Between Oct. 1 and Nov. 23, the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) documented that 10,346 Palestinians and at least 160 Israelis have been injured during the recent spout of upheaval in occupied Palestinian territory and Israel.  In  Gaza at least 18 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli military forces since Oct. 1 after Israeli forces have opened fire at demonstrators. Also a pregnant woman and her two-year-old daughter were killed when an Israeli airstrike caused their home to collapse in southern Gaza City on Oct. 11.

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