Israel kills 3 Palestinians, demolishes West Bank home of alleged attacker

AFP , AP , Thursday 22 Jun 2023

Israeli forces demolished the house of an alleged Palestinian attacker in Nablus in the occupied West Bank early on Thursday, just hours after killing three Palestinians in a rare drone strike near Jenin, as violence escalates with at least 13 Palestinians and four Israelis dead this week.

Adalah, the mother of Palestinian prisoner Kamal Jouri, inspects the ruins of the house belonging to the family which was demolished by Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Nablus, Thursday, June 22, 2023. AP


The Israeli army claimed it demolished overnight in Nablus the home of Kamal Jouri who carried out a gun attack which caused the death of Israeli soldier at a West Bank settlement in October.

Jouri was arrested by Israel in February.

An eyewitness told AFP that Israeli forces had left Nablus after destroying "an apartment on the second floor of a six-storey building".

The demolition of Jouri's home came just hours after Israel killed three members of what it claimed was a "terrorist cell" in a rare drone strike near the northern West Bank city of Jenin which witnessed on Monday a deadly Israeli raid in which 7 Palestinians were killed.

Settlers rampage

Hundreds of Israeli settlers stormed into a Palestinian town in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, killing a Palestinian man and setting fire to dozens of cars and homes after days of Israeli military aggression.

The settler attack came as the Israeli military deployed additional forces in the occupied West Bank, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced plans to build 1,000 new settler homes in response to the deadly shooting.

Palestinian residents and human rights groups have long complained about Israel's inability or refusal to halt settler violence. In Wednesday's rampage, residents in Turmus Ayya said some 400 settlers marched down the town's main road, setting fire to cars, homes and trees.

Mayor Lafi Adeeb said some 30 houses and 60 cars were partly or totally burned, and that the attacks intensified even after the Israeli army arrived. At least eight Palestinians were hurt during the clashes, which the army tried to disperse by firing rubber bullets and tear gas.

The long string of violence in the region over the past year and half shows no sign of relenting. At least 130 Palestinians and 24 people on the Israeli side have been killed so far this year, according to a tally by The Associated Press.

Israel captured the West Bank, along with east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war. The Palestinians seek those territories for a future independent state.

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