IDF Begins Demolishing Home of Barkan Factory Attack Assailant

The Palestinian assailant, who was killed Thursday by Israeli security forces, shot dead two Israelis, Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond and Ziv Hajbi, in October

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A Palestinian boy looks at damage after an Israeli raid killed Na'alwa n the Asker refugee camp, Nablus, West Bank, December 13, 2018.

The Israeli military began demolishing the home of the Palestinian who killed two Israelis in a shooting attack at a West Bank industrial area in October, Palestinian reports said on Monday.

The military said it had destroyed the basement and first floor of the house in Shuwaykah in the West Bank of 23-year-old Ashraf Walid Saliman Na'alwa, who shot dead Kim Yehezkel-Levengrond, 29, and Ziv Hajbi, 35, on October 7. 

Six Palestinian sustained light injuries in clashes with Israeli soldiers and were evacuated to a hospital in Tul Karm, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

Ziv Hajbi, 35, and Kim Yehezkel, 29, the victims of a deadly shooting in the West Bank, October 7, 2018.
Ziv Hajbi, 35, and Kim Yehezkel, 29, the victims of a deadly shooting in the West Bank, October 7, 2018.

Na'alwa was killed on Thursday in a joint operation between the military, the Shin Bet security service and the police after a two-month manhunt. The Shin Bet said that Na'alwa was armed when forces arrived to the scene.

The military had given Na'alwa's family demolition notices in October. 

Ashraf Walid Saliman Na'alwa
Ashraf Walid Saliman Na'alwa

According to the Shin Bet, Na'alwa was found as part of a large-scale intelligence operation. The arrest and interrogation of several suspects had helped locate Na'alwa and also revealed that he had planned to carry out another attack.

According to Palestinian sources, neither Na'alwa's brother nor sister had any information related to the attack, but their arrests were served to pressure Na'alwa to reveal himself.

Before carrying out the attack, Na'alwa gave a coworker a note in which he said he planned to commit suicide and praised late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. The note led security forces to conclude that the shooting was a terror attack.

Employees in the factory said they did not know Na'alwa very well, who had worked there for four months. He was one of 250 Palestinian workers who were employed by the factory. According to his coworkers, he had not come to work over the past couple of weeks due to an illness.