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Israeli court extends the remand of slain attacker's family members

Jan. 9, 2017 8:29 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 10, 2017 3:32 P.M.)
Fadi al-Qunbar
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israel’s magistrate court in Jerusalem on Monday extended the remand of three family members of Fadi al-Qunbar, 28 -- who was killed on Saturday after driving a truck into a group of uniformed Israeli soldiers, killing four and injuring at least 13 others -- from the Jabal al-Mukabbir neighborhood of occupied East Jerusalem.

The al-Qunbar family told Ma’an that the judge decided to release Fadi's sister Shadia, but ruled to extend the detentions of his brothers Munther and Muhammad, as well as his cousin Muhammad Omran al-Qunbar, until Sunday Jan 15.

The judge also ordered Shadia to house arrest for two days.

The family added that Israeli intelligence questioned al-Qunbar's parents and sisters on Monday before releasing them, as well as his wife Tahani.

Israeli forces had detained at least five of al-Qunbar's relatives during raids in Jabal al-Mukabbir on Sunday, including his wife, his parents Ahmad and Minwa, and his brothers Muhammad and Munther.

Throughout their detentions, al-Qunbar's relatives have maintained they had no advanced knowledge of plans for the attack.

Israeli leaders on Monday continued to demand that extreme punitive actions be taken against the al-Qunbar family -- with one minister advocating that al-Qunbar’s relatives be exiled to Syria and to deny his relatives national insurance benefits.

Former Israeli army general and current Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Yoav Galant told Ynet that "we need to kill him, demolish his home, and expel his family. And his family should be expelled not to Gaza, but to Syria."

Member of Israel’s parliament and Deputy Minister of Regional Cooperation Ayoub Kara had earlier called to immediately expel the family to the besieged Gaza Strip, a punitive measure which has been used by Israel against Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Kara demanded that the family members of “terrorists” be expelled to Gaza within 48 hours, saying that demolishing the al-Qunbar family home, which the Israel's security cabinet ordered to be carried out as soon as possible, was not a sufficient response.

The mounting calls came as Israel has come under harsh condemnation over the past several years for its response to attacks committed by Palestinians on Israelis, which rights groups have said amounted to “collective punishment” and represents a clear violation of international law.
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