RAMALLAH, Thursday, October 31, 2019 (WAFA) – Israeli forces Thursday raided the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah and took measurements of the houses of two alleged Palestinian attackers in preparation to demolish them, according to local sources.
Sources told WAFA Israeli soldiers ransacked the houses of prisoners Samer Arabeed Waleed Hanatsheh and located in Ramallah’s At-Tira neighborhood, and a third houses belonging to a local resident in Batn al-Hawa neighborhood.
Arbeed was detained on September 25 while heading home with his wife and was subjected to severe torture and beatings during his arrest and interrogation, which caused him pulmonary hemorrhage, several broken ribs and marks all over his body as well as severe kidney failure. He was rushed to the Hadassah hospital in Israel after suffering serious health deterioration due to torture and ill-treatment during interrogations.
Israel claims that Arabeed and three others from the Ramallah area were allegedly involved in an attack on Ein Boben on 23 August that left one Israeli settler dead and two others wounded.
Prisoner Hanatsheh, along with his daughter, Mais, were both detained on October 3. She was released a few days later. Israel accuses Hanatsheh of being involved in the August bombing attack that killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl and seriously injured her father and brother near the settlement of Dolev, west of Ramallah.
The planned demolition of Salah and Qatanani’s homes came in line with the Israeli policy of punitive demolition of family homes of Palestinians suspected of carrying out attacks against Israelis.
This policy was widely condemned by human rights organizations as “collective punishment” and “a war crime and a crime against humanity.