Israel demolishes home of Palestinian attack suspect


JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli forces on Wednesday destroyed the home of a Palestinian militant who allegedly killed a female Israeli soldier in an attack last year that sparked a manhunt and crackdown in the east Jerusalem area where he lived.

The demolitions came in the early weeks of a new far-right government in Israel that took a hard line on the Palestinians and promised to ramp up settlement building in the occupied West Bank.

Police said about 300 officers and troops entered the Shuafat refugee camp to demolish the home of Uday Tamimi, who Israel said was behind the October checkpoint shooting.

After a firefight that killed a 19-year-old soldier, the attacker fled, sparking a week-long manhunt and tight restrictions around Shuafat. As part of the search, Israeli security forces blocked the entrances and exits of the camp, bringing about 60,000 residents to a standstill.

Tamimi was ultimately shot dead after he opened fire on guards at the entrance to Ma’ale Adumim, a sprawling Israeli settlement in the West Bank east of Jerusalem.

Israel’s new national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, the ultra-nationalist who oversees the police, welcomed the demolition.

“This step is very important, but completely insufficient. We must destroy all the homes of the terrorists and deport the terrorists themselves from the country,” the statement said.

Israel carried out the demolition of the attackers’ homes long before the current government took office, and says the tactic deters future attackers. Palestinians and human rights groups see this as collective punishment.

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