Israel destroys home of Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis

Israeli forces blow up the family house of Palestinian assailant Omar Abu Laila, in Az-Zawiya village, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, April 24, 2019. (AFP)
Updated 24 April 2019
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Israel destroys home of Palestinian accused of killing two Israelis

  • Israel routinely demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of attacks as part of a policy it says discourages future violence
  • Human rights groups and Palestinians say the practice amounts to collective punishment

NABLUS: Israel’s military on Wednesday destroyed the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of having killed two Israelis in March, the army said.
Soldiers surrounded the home late Tuesday in Az-Zawiya in the Salfit region of the occupied West Bank before carrying out the demolition using explosives and heavy machinery.
Omar Amin Abu Laila was accused of fatally stabbing soldier Gal Keidan, 19, and stealing his weapon on March 17, the army said at the time.
He then fired at Israeli motorists, hitting 47-year-old rabbi Ahiad Ettinger, a resident of the Eli settlement, who later died of his wounds, according to the army.
Abu Laila, 19, was shot dead two days later during an arrest raid by Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Abwein, north of Ramallah.
Israeli authorities accused Abu Laila of opening fire at forces, who killed him.
Israel routinely demolishes the homes of Palestinians accused of attacks as part of a policy it says discourages future violence.
But human rights groups and Palestinians say the practice amounts to collective punishment, with family members forced to pay for the acts of a relative.


Iranian FM lands in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart

Updated 7 min 52 sec ago
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Iranian FM lands in Baghdad for talks with Iraqi counterpart

  • During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister
  • Discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries

BAGHDAD: Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif landed in Baghdad on Saturday for talks with his Iraqi counterpart, an Arab News reporter confirmed.

During his his two-day visit, Zarif will also meet the Iraqi president and Iraqi prime minister. On Sunday morning, Zarif will meet several senior politicians before he heads to Najaf to meet some clerics, sources told Arab News.

The discussions will mainly focus on the current crisis and its impacts on the two countries in addition to possible options to reinforce the attempts to start dialogues with the related sides to reach a compromise or solutions for the current standoff between Iran and US.

The Iranian official will leave Iraq on Monday.

More to follow...