As part of its collective punishment policy, the Israeli occupation forces (IOF) detonated at dawn Thursday a five-story building in Hebron belonging to the family and relatives of Palestinian Mohamed al-Ja’bari, who allegedly involved in a shooting operation three months ago.
Bassam al-Ja’bari, Muhammad’s cousin, said that the IOF destroyed the entire apartment building of al-Ja’bari family with explosives.
Early today, a large number of Israeli troops stormed the southern area of the city, closed off roads, and occupied rooftops of homes around the family’s building before embarking on evacuating relatives of Ja’bari from it and preparing it for detonation.
The IOF also forced families living around the building to leave their homes before blowing it up as part of the illegal Israeli collective punishment policy.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) over the past 10 years Israel has demolished more than 1,100 structures in occupied East Jerusalem, displacing more than 2,000 people and impacting the lives of more than 6,000 people.
House demolitions have been central tools to facilitate Israel’s land appropriation and dispossession in the occupied Palestinian territories.