Israel to demolish homes of Ofra and Givat Assaf terrorists

The homes belong to those responsible for the shooting attacks at the Ofra junction and near the Givat Assaf junction.

By
January 20, 2019 09:14
2 minute read.
An IDF soldier maps out the home of the Barghouti brother terrorists

An IDF soldier maps out the home of the Barghouti brother terrorists . (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analysis from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The IDF on Sunday issued a demolition order for the home belonging to the family of Asam Barghouti following the deadly Ofra and Givat Assaf drive-by shooting attacks in December.

The family home in the West Bank village of Kobar, south of Nablus, was mapped by Israeli security forces in late December ahead of its demolition.

The IDF said that the family has been given until January 23 to challenge the military’s decision to demolish the home.

Asam Barghouti was arrested on January 8 in a joint operation by the IDF, Israel Police and Shin Bet in the West Bank village of Abu Shukheidim, north of Ramallah, at the home of one of his associates following a massive manhunt throughout the West Bank.

Barghouti and his brother Saleh are suspected of carrying out a shooting attack at the Ofra Junction on December 9, which wounded seven Israelis. A newborn child, who was delivered prematurely as a result of the attack, died three days later.

Barghouti is suspected of carrying out another shooting attack outside the outpost of Givat Assaf, just south of Ofra, days later in which two IDF soldiers, St.-Sgt. Yuval Mor Yosef and Sgt. Yosef Cohen were killed. Two more Israelis were wounded, a female resident of Beit El and another IDF soldier, Netanel Felber, who remains in critical condition.

Saleh was shot dead by IDF troops during an arrest attempt on December 12, a day before the Givat Assaf shooting.

Barghouti comes from a Hamas-affiliated family and has spent 11 years in Israeli prisons for security-related crimes, including plans to abduct soldiers.

Hamas’s military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, took credit for the Ofra attack shortly after Saleh Barghouti was killed by IDF troops, praising it and saying that it proved that the resistance was alive in the West Bank.

"Hamas announces with great pride the death of its martyr Saleh Omar Barghouti, the perpetrator of the heroic Ofra operation," the group wrote on its Telegram account.

The group also released a statement praising the Givat Assaf shooting and warned of more attacks to come.

"The enemy must not dream of security and stability... The West Bank will burn the occupiers and harass them in ways that the enemy does not expect,” read the statement, adding that "all attempts to destroy our resistance and take our weapons in the West Bank will fail.”

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

Asael Shabo
July 23, 2019
Terror victim to terrorists: Violence is not going to help - watch

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF

Cookie Settings