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Israel to demolish homes of Saleh, Assem al-Barghouthi

Feb. 5, 2019 1:50 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 5, 2019 3:01 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Israeli army Central Command Major General, Nadav Padan, signed an order to demolish the home of Palestinian prisoner Assem al-Barghouthi, in the Kobar village in northern Ramallah of the central occupied West Bank, late Monday.

Israeli forces also delivered a demolition notice to Saleh al-Barghouthi's house, Assem's brother.

The Israeli army said in a statement that a demolition order was issued after an objection presented by the al-Barghouthi family against the demolition was rejected.

Israeli forces detained Suheir al-Barghouti, Assem and Saleh's mother, during overnight search and detention raids.

Israeli forces had detained Assem, who has been 'wanted' by Israel since December 13th, during Israeli raids in the Abu Skheidem village in the central West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh, on January 10th.

Israel accuses Assem of carrying out an attack killing two Israeli soldiers near Ramallah on December 13, one day after his brother, Saleh, was reportedly shot and killed by Israeli soldiers north of Ramallah.

Saleh al-Barghouthi, 29, was shot by Israeli forces near Ramallah on December 12; initial reports said that al-Barghouthi was shot and killed after carrying out an attack against Israelis, however, his family says that Saleh was detained alive and might have died in custody.

Palestinian human rights organization Al-Haq had sent a joint urgent appeal to the United Nations (UN) Special Procedures regarding the enforced disappearance of al-Barghouthi.

A recent investigation by B'Tselem found that, contrary to official Israeli statements, Saleh al-Barghouthi did not try to flee or run anyone over, nor could he have tried: two security vehicles were blocking the taxi he was driving at either end, and he was surrounded by some 10 security personnel who shot him point-blank – an operation resembling an extrajudicial killing. Official attempts to sanction the killing in retrospect ensure no one will be held accountable.

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