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Home of Raanana attack suspect raided, 4 shot

Dec. 20, 2015 2:25 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 21, 2015 11:47 A.M.)

TUBAS (Ma’an) -- Four Palestinians were shot and injured after Israeli forces raided the occupied West Bank village of Tammun, hometown of the suspect of a stab attack that left three Israelis injured the day before, locals said.

Local sources told Ma’an that Israeli soldiers entered the village around 3:00 a.m and ransacked the home of Mahmoud Faisal Bsharat, 20, who was detained Saturday after carrying out the attack in Raanana, north of Tel Aviv.

Clashes then broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces, locals said, leaving one shot by live fire and three others hit with rubber-coated steel bullets.

All were transferred to the Turkey hospital in the nearby town of Tubas for medical treatment, locals added.

An Israeli army spokesperson did not have immediate information but told Ma’an they were looking into the incident.

Bsharat on Saturday stabbed three Israelis in the Israeli city of Raanana, leaving one moderately injured and two lightly injured, Israeli police said at the time.

Locals told Ma’an that Bsharat's family evacuated their home in Tammun following the attack out of fear that it would be demolished by Israeli forces.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made moves in October to expedite punitive demolitions on the family homes of Palestinians who carry out attacks on Israelis, and several have been carried out since.

Near-daily attacks and attempted attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals on Israeli military and civilians began at the start of October and have continued through into December, leaving 19 Israelis dead since Oct. 1.

A large portion of at least 125 Palestinians to be killed during the same time period have been shot by Israeli forces or settlers during such attacks.

The circumstances of many deaths have been disputed, with investigations by rights group pointing to cases of extrajudicial execution by Israeli forces of Palestinians who posed no threat at the time of their death.

The majority of individuals to carry out attacks have not belonged to a political faction or armed group, reportedly resulting in a policy of collective punishment implemented by Israel in effort to stop the attacks.

Such measures have included raids of attackers’ hometowns and surrounding areas following an attack, wide-scale arrests, and withholding the bodies of Palestinians who carry out attacks.

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