Israel issues demolition order to West Bank home of Palestinian assailant

Source: Xinhua| 2018-04-02 16:56:09|Editor: Xiang Bo
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JERUSALEM, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Israel's military said Monday its forces issued a demolition order overnight for the family home of a Palestinian attacker who killed an Israeli in East Jerusalem's Old City in March.

The move came two weeks after troops made initial preparations for the demolishment of the home of the assailant, Abdul Rahmani Faddal in the West Bank village of Aqraba.

In the March 18 attack, Faddal, 28, stabbed Adiel Kolman, 32, in the Old City. Kolman, a father of four from the settlement of Kochav Hashachar, died of his wounds in hospital a few hours later.

Faddal was shot and killed by a police officer at the scene.

The incident took place as tensions in the region are on the rise ahead of the expected relocation of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May and amidst a looming humanitarian crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Israel demolishes the homes of Palestinian attackers, charging the measure is aimed at deterring more attacks, but Palestinians and human rights groups say the measure constitutes a collective punishment and is counterproductive.