The homes of two Palestinians who are thought to have killed an Israeli security guard in a West Bank settlement in April were demolished by the Israeli military on Tuesday.
On April 29, a shooting at the entrance to a Jewish village in the occupied West Bank resulted in the death of Vyacheslav Golev. The attack was blamed on the Palestinian militant organization Hamas.
Two Palestinians were later detained by the Israeli soldiers on suspicion of carrying out the attack. In the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan in the northern West Bank, the army claimed to have destroyed their homes on Tuesday.
The military claimed in a statement that during a violent protest, firebombs and flaming tires were thrown at the troops.
Israel often destroys the homes of Palestinian attackers who killed Israelis and were killed or caught, claiming that doing so serves as a deterrence to other attacks. The practice is described as a collective punishment by the Palestinians and rights organizations.
Following a series of horrific attacks in which Palestinian militants killed 19 Israelis, Israeli troops have been conducting searches across the West Bank almost every day for months.
During some of those attacks, the troops encountered opposition; several of these raids ended fatally. According to an official Palestinian count, Israeli soldiers have killed more than 60 Palestinians since the year’s beginning.
For a future independent state, the Palestinians want the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and east Jerusalem, which Israel took during the Middle East conflict of 1967.