Israeli forces demolish Palestinian inmate’s home


Israeli army soldiers and policemen have demolished the house of a Palestinian, who is being held in custody over his alleged role in the fatal shooting of a rabbi in January.

Ahmad Jamal al-Qumbaa’s father told the Palestinian Wafa news agency that Israeli forces had blown up his son’s residence using dynamite in the West Bank city of Jenin early on Tuesday.

The Israeli forces, accompanied by explosive experts, carried out the demolition that also damaged four nearby homes, he added.

According to Qumbaa’s father, clashes also broke out in Jenin, with one Palestinian being injured by a rubber bullet and several others suffering tear gas inhalation.

Meanwhile, the Israeli army said that a policewoman had been lightly wounded during the clashes.

Qumbaa was arrested a few months ago and charged with attempted murder this month over the fatal shooting of Israeli Rabbi Raziel Shevach near the West Bank city of Nablus in January.

Qumbaa also faced several other counts of related offenses along with Ahmad Nassar Jarrar, the Palestinian deemed by Israel as the prime suspect in the Rabbi’s murder.

Jarrar was shot dead during Israeli forces’ raid on a building in the northern West Bank town of al-Yamun near Jenin in February.

Qumbaa’s lawyer, Fadi Qawasameh, said his client’s confession was invalid as it had been obtained under duress.

The Tel Aviv regime regularly demolishes the houses of Palestinians whom it accuses of attacking Israelis.

International rights groups say the policy is an attempt to uproot Palestinians from their homeland, and confiscate more territories for the expansion of illegal settlements.

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