Israeli Army Demolishes Homes of West Bank Kidnapping Suspects

Demolition follows three appeals of the matter to the Israeli High Court of Justice. Two main suspects remain at large.

Gili Cohen
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The Israel Defense Forces demolished the homes of two suspects in June's kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens late Monday night, while additionally sealing off the residence of a third suspect.

After midnight, some 250 border policemen arrived at the area along with dozens of soldiers from the Engineering Corps in conjuction and soldiers of the Judaea and Samaria Divison to demolish the homes of Hussam Kawasama and Amer Abu Aisha, while sealing off the entrance to the cellar where Marwan Kawasama's resided. According to the Border Police spokesman, the mission took about six hours, and confrontations erupted at the site, which were all "dispersed promptly."

According to the IDF, the "implementation of the demolition order was carried out in accordance with directives given by the Commander of the Central Command, Major General Nitzan Alon, and following three appeals in the matter to the Israeli High Court of Justice."

Hussam Kawasama, considered the prime suspect in the kidnappings, was arrested in July by a police counter-terrorism unit in Shoafat refugee camp.

He admitted to his role in the kidnappings during Shin Bet interrogation, saying he received money in Gaza to carry out the kidnapping and murder.

His brother, Mahmoud Kawasama, was deported to Gaza following his release in the Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange, and is reportedly responsible for transfering the funds from Gaza to the West Bank.

The two suspects who allegedly committed the kidnapping and murder, Marwan Kawasama and Amer Abu Aisha, are still at large.

The IDF hopes that the demolition will serve as deterrence, claiming "the demolition of the terrorists' homes conveys a clear message to terrorists."

On the left: Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisheh. On the right: kidnapped teens Naftali Fraenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal YifrahCredit: Reuters

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