IDF Demolishes West Bank Homes of Two Palestinians Who Carried Out Deadly Terror Attacks

The assailants carried out two separate attacks on November 19, killing five people, including an American, and wounding others.

A Palestinian man reacts as he checks the damage to the home of Palestinian Mohammed al-Haroub after it was partially demolished by Israeli army in the West Bank village of Dir Samt, south of Hebron February 23, 2016.

The IDF demolished on Tuesday morning the homes of two Palestinian assailants who carried out deadly terror attacks.

The military said that security forces, Border Police and the Civil Administration demolished the West Bank homes of Raid Halil and Mahmoud Harub.

The assailants completed two separate attacks on November 19. Halil carried out a stabbing attack at Panarama Building in southern Tel Aviv in which Reuven Aviram and Aharon Yesayev were killed. Harub carried out a shooting and car-ramming attack at the Alon Shvut junction in the West Bank in which American citizen Ezra Schwartz, and Israelis Shadi Arafa and Yaacov Don were killed. Both attackers were apprehended.

A Palestinian man gestures as he talks to the media on the rubble of of Palestinian Raed Masalmeh's home after it was demolished by Israeli army in the West Bank town of Dura, south of Hebron February 23, 2016.

Some 28 Israelis have been killed in a five month-long wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence. At least 166 Palestinians have been killed, 119 said by Israel to have been attackers.

Israel says home demolitions can deter attacks. Critics say the tactic amounts to collective punishment.

The scene of the Tel Aviv stabbing attack, November 19, 2015.
Moti Milrod