Israel Destroys Apartments of Palestinian Rape, Murder Suspect
Israeli forces destroyed two apartments in the West Bank early Friday that housed the family of a Palestinian terrorist who confessed to the brutal murder of an Israeli teen.
The murder sparked outrage in Israel and senior politicians called for the suspect Arafat Irfayia, 29, and other terrorists to receive the death penalty.
Soldiers surrounded the apartment block in the southern city of Hebron beginning late on Thursday before using heavy construction equipment in the early hours that followed. Israel routinely demolishes the homes of Palestinians terrorists accused of attacks on Israelis as part of a policy it says discourages future violence.
Some clashes broke out between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces during the operation, AFP journalists reported.
The murder of Ori Ansbacher, 19, reportedly stabbed multiple times, stunned Israel.