Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Israel to demolish East Jerusalem home of alleged attacker's brother

Israeli authorities on Tuesday delivered a home demolition order to Ibrahim Dwayyat from Sur Bahir in East Jerusalem, the brother of Shurouq Dwayyat, who Israel accuses of attempting to stab an Israeli settler earlier this month. Their mother told Ma'an that the Israeli municipality claimed the home had been built without the necessary permits. She said that her son began building the house four years ago and in a few months had planned to get marry and move into the home. She said that Israeli authorities recently stormed the building where they took photos and took down its measurements. It was not initially clear whether the demolition was intended as a punitive demolition following an alleged attack Ibrahim's 18-year-old sister, Shurouq. more

Israel launches Gaza airstrike after rocket fire

Israeli forces launched airstrikes in the Gaza Strip Monday evening, following rocket fire from the besieged territory, Israel's army said.

"Earlier this evening, sirens sounded in multiple communities in the Sha'ar HaNegev Regional Council. A rocket was fired from the Gaza Strip at southern Israel and landed in an open area," the Israeli army said in a statement.

"In response to the attack, [Israeli forces] targeted two terror sites of the Hamas terror organization in the southern Gaza Strip." No group has taken responsibility for the initial rocket fire and no injuries have been reported.

Earlier this month, a pregnant woman and her two-year-old daughter were killed when an Israeli air strike caused their home to collapse in southern Gaza City. more