Israel demolishes home of Palestinian suspect in Jerusalem bombings that killed 2


The Israeli army said on Thursday it had demolished the West Bank home of a Palestinian man involved in the twin bombings in Jerusalem that killed two and injured at least 18 others in November.

Israeli authorities arrested Islam Faroukh in December on suspicion of carrying out the bombings, amid an outbreak of violence that has lasted more than a year in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The military released video footage showing soldiers sealing off the area and carrying out small controlled explosions, destroying an apartment in the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah early Tuesday.

The army said people threw rocks and firebombs at the soldiers, who returned fire. The Palestinian Health Ministry reported that a Palestinian man was lightly injured by Israeli fire and treated at a local hospital.

Israel demolishes the homes of assailants in a bid to deter others, a tactic that critics say amounts to collective punishment.

The November attack came after months of relentless violence in the West Bank, where the Israeli military has carried out near-night raids in response to Palestinian attacks on Israelis.

Israel captured the West Bank in the 1967 Middle East War, along with East Jerusalem and Gaza. The Palestinians seek the territories for their hoped-for independent state.

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