Israeli Forces Clash With Palestinians Protesting Demolition of Terrorist's Home

Israel razes home of Hamas operative Ziad Awad, suspected of killing Baruch Mizrahi on his way to Passover seder.

Send in e-mailSend in e-mail

Israeli security forces were engaged in clashes Wednesday with about 250 Palestinians gathered in the West Bank village of Idna to protest Israel's demolition early in the day of the home of the Hamas operative suspected of killing a senior police officer on his way to the seder on Passover eve.

The army said Isareli forces were attempting to disperse the protest with rubber bullets and tear gas and that Palestinian protesters were throwing firebombs and stones.

Palestinian sources said four Palestinian youths were hurt in the clashes, one of whom was seriously wounded by live fire. The report was not immediately confirmed.

The Idna home of Hamas operative Ziad Awad was razed early Wednesday, a day after the High Court of Justice rejected a petition against the demolition order.

"All the walls are cracked, there's no water and no electricity," said Mohammed Awad, Ziad Awad's brother and the owner of the Idna home. "Me, my wife and my five children and my brother's six children and his wife have been left without a home, and I don't know where we will live."

Mohammed Awad and his 18-year-old son were indicted last week on charges that they helped Ziad Awad flee the scene of Mizrahi's death.

"There was a powerful explosion," said Mohammed Awad. "Ziad's apartment was completely destroyed, but my home attached to it and storehouses on the first floor were seriously damaged. I'm not sure I'll be able to live in my home anymore."

Ziad Awad, who was released as part of the prisoner exchange that secured Gilad Shalit's release from his Palestinian captors in 2011, is suspected of killing Baruch Mizrahi, a married father of five, near Hebron in April. Awad was serving a life term for killing suspected Palestinian collaborators.

Two of the family members of Hamas operative Ziad Awad looking out the window of their West Bank home before it was demolished early Wednesday.Credit: Amira Hass

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

Subscribe today and save 40%

Already signed up? LOG IN


Palestinians search through the rubble of a building in which Khaled Mansour, a top Islamic Jihad militant was killed following an Israeli airstrike in Rafah, southern Gaza strip, on Sunday.

Gazans Are Tired of Pointless Wars and Destruction, and Hamas Listens to Them

Trump and Netanyahu at the White House in Washington, in 2020.

Three Years Later, Israelis Find Out What Trump Really Thought of Netanyahu

German soldier.

The Rival Jewish Spies Who Almost Changed the Course of WWII

Rio. Not all Jewish men wear black hats.

What Does a Jew Look Like? The Brits Don't Seem to Know

Galon. “I’m coming to accomplish a specific mission: to increase Meretz’s strength and ensure that the party will not tread water around the electoral threshold. If Meretz will be large enough, it will be the basis for a Jewish-Arab partnership.” Daniel Tchetchik

'I Have No Illusions About Ending the Occupation, but the Government Needs the Left'

Soldiers using warfare devices made by the Israeli defense electronics company Elbit Systems.

Russia-Ukraine War Catapults Israeli Arms Industry to Global Stage