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Israel to demolish home of Palestinian prisoner in Yatta

Dec. 18, 2018 3:50 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 19, 2018 11:41 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces informed the family of Palestinian prisoner Khalil Jabbarin that the Israeli authorities decided to demolish the family house in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron, on Tuesday.

Sources said that Israeli forces informed Jabbarin's family of the order to demolish their home in Yatta, as part of its "collective punishment" policy against Palestinians who were involved in attacking Israelis.

Jabbarin, 16, was shot, injured and imprisoned by Israeli forces, in September, after he had carried out a stabbing attack reportedly killing an Israeli settler.

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" on family members and entire communities in a clear violation of international law.

The Israeli authorities has demolished two Palestinian homes during the past week, belonging to families of Palestinians accused of attacking Israelis, one belonging to the Abu Hmeid family in Ramallah and one belonging to Ashraf Naalwa's family in Tulkarm, after the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had vowed to accelerate demolishing homes of Palestinians who attacked Israelis in following recent Palestinian attacks that resulted in killing Israeli soldiers.

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