Israeli forces have destroyed the homes of two Palestinians accused of abducting and killing three Israeli teenagers, according to reports. The home of a third Palestinian suspect was sealed off.
The kidnappings and deaths of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel sparked a month-long conflict between Israel and Hamas that has left more than 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis dead.
One of the suspects whose home was destroyed is in Israeli custody. Hussam Kawasme, a 40-year-old West Bank resident, was arrested last month; the other two, Marwan Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, are still at large.
Troops attacked the homes of Hussam Kawasme and Aysha before dawn Monday and sealed off Marwan Kawasme's home. In this video from the Guardian, Marwan's mother says, "They raided the house and they sealed it off using concrete. They filled the house with concrete from the floor to the ceiling. God is greater than them."
Israel's attack on the three homes revives a policy of punishing militants by destroying their residences. My colleague Sudarsan Raghavan reported that the army is trying to "prevent attacks originating from the West Bank and Israel — by obliterating the houses of the relatives of Palestinians who allegedly have harmed Israelis."
After the killings of the three teens, a Palestinian teenager was burned alive "to avenge the murder of three Israeli yeshiva students." An Israeli eyeglass-shop owner, thought to be the son of a prominent Israeli rabbi, was taken into custody in the case.