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Israeli forces detain family of Palestinian attack suspect

Oct. 9, 2018 3:45 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 11, 2018 11:18 A.M.)
TULKAREM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces stormed the Shweika village in the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem, on Tuesday, and detained the mother and two sisters of Ashraf Naawla, who carried out a shooting attack, in an attempt to force Naawla to turn himself in.

Locals said that Israeli forces detained Ashraf's mother, Wafaa Mahmoud Naawla, 54, along with his two sisters, Sundos, 26, and Hanadi, who is a mother of three children.

Sources said that Israeli forces detained them in an attempt to force Ashraf to turn himself in for carrying out the shooting attack in the Barkan industrial area, near the illegal Israeli settlement of Ariel near Salfit City, in the northern West Bank, killing two Israeli settlers and injuring a third.

Two days ago, Israeli forces detained Ashraf's older brother, Amjad Walid Naawla, who is still held in Israeli detention. In addition, on Monday, Ashraf's sister, Fayrouz Naawla, was detained, however, was released later the same day.

Residents of the Shweika village said that Israeli forces stormed Naawla's home and interrogated family members and their neighbors.

Large numbers of Israeli forces were deployed across the entire village and raided the homes and lands of locals, conducting searches for Ashraf, who fled the scene after carrying out the shooting attack.

Following the shooting attack, Israeli forces set up military checkpoints, and closed several roads and entrances to the Palestinian villages of Bidia, Qarawat Bani Hassan, Sarta and Mesaha, in the northern West Bank district of Salfit, banning the entry and exit of local residents, as part of the widespread search for Ashraf.

In addition, Israeli forces escorted army engineers, who raided and inspected Naawla's home, in order to take measurements in preparation to demolish it.

Israel always demolishes family homes of Palestinians, who were involved in attacking Israelis as part of its collective punishment policy against the Palestinian people.

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