The Israeli army has sealed off the bedroom of a Palestinian accused of being an accomplice to the deadly Sarona Market terror attack.
Early on Thursday morning, IDF forces came, accompanied by cement trucks, to the home of Younis Ayash Musa Zayn’s home in the West Bank village of Yatta near Hebron.
According to an army statement, Zayn’s bedroom was sealed off “as recommended by the political echelon” as was carried out in cooperation with Border Police and the Civil administration.
The Sarona Market attack, which occurred on June 8, saw cousins Khalid and Muhammad Muhamra open fire on customers sitting at Max Brenner with locally made Carlos Gustav submachine guns. Four people — Michael Feige, Ilana Naveh, Ido Ben Ari, Mila Mishayev — were killed, and 16 others were injured.
The two fled the scene but were almost immediately detained near the scene. Zayn was arrested shortly afterwards.
According to the army, Zayn has been charged with “planning the attack, providing the weapons and ammunition used for training for it and carrying it out, and hiding [the guns] in his house,” the army said.
The home of Khalid Muhamra was fully demolished by the army in August, who also partially destroyed the home of Muhammad Muhamra. According to an official indictment filed by the Tel Aviv District Prosecutor's Office, the two had been inspired by the Islamic State group, but neither were formally recruited or received training or assistance from the IS group.
According to the court’s decision, “there is reason to believe that there was an environment in the houses where the attackers lived, encouraging them, in one way or another, to be involved in security crimes against Israelis.”
A controversial tactic, Israeli officials say home demolitions are a key deterrent to stop other potential attackers, but Palestinians and human rights groups argue that it is a form of collective punishment.