Israeli Army Razes Home of Five Jailed Palestinian Brothers

The Israeli army has demolished a residential building owned by a Palestinian woman whose five sons have all been imprisoned by Israel.

The building, owned by Latifa Abu Hmeid, is located in the Amari refugee camp near the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah.

According to an Anadolu news agency reporter based in the area, Israeli soldiers raided the camp early Saturday, surrounding the building before bringing it down in a controlled demolition.

Before razing the four-story structure, the army evicted dozens of journalists and solidarity activists who had been inside the building in a bid to prevent its destruction.

The family house was completely destroyed in a controlled explosion, AFP news agency correspondents at the scene said.

Neighbors said several hundred residents, including children, were ordered out of their homes and kept in a sports field in the cold night while the army operation continued.

Following the demolition, confrontations broke out between local residents and Israeli troops, with the latter using tear gas, rubber-coated steel bullets and live ammunition to disperse the crowds.

At least 56 Palestinians have been injured in the protests against the demolition.

Source: Palestine Chronicle