Israeli security forces demolished the home of a Palestinian terrorist involved in the deadly December shooting attack in the West Bank resulting in the murder of 25-year-old Yehuda Dimentman.
IDF troops along with Border Police destroyed the floor where Omar Ahmed Yassin Jaradat lived in the village of Silat al-Harithiya.
During the operation, a number of riots broke out, with Palestinians throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at troops. Gunfire was also heard by Israeli forces. No troops were injured.
Israeli forces responded with riot dispersal methods, including using Ruger semi-automatic rifles, which have seen more frequent use in the West Bank in riot control in recent months.
Jaradat, along with three others, was involved in a shooting attack on December 16, 2021, that claimed the life of Dimentman near the Homesh outpost. Two other Israelis were lightly wounded in the attack, claimed by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group.
Though the attackers were able to escape the scene, they were later arrested by IDF troops.
The demolition was carried out in accordance with an order from the head of the Central Command after the High Court of Justice rejected the family's appeal.
The homes of all terrorists involved in the deadly attack have now been demolished by Israeli forces.
Homes of other accomplices also demolished
In March, Israeli troops demolished the homes of Muhammad Youssef Jaradat and Ghaith Ahmed Yassin Jaradat, also from Silat al-Harithiya. The IDF demolished the home of a fourth accomplice in February.
A controversial tactic, Israeli officials say that home demolitions are a key deterrent to stop other potential attackers, but Palestinians and human rights groups criticize the army for using collective punishment by demolishing the homes of the terrorist’s families.
The IDF believes that while there is no exact science to stopping terror attacks, home demolitions have led to attacks being thwarted and less motivation to carry them out.
Further terrorists' homes to be destroyed
On Saturday, the IDF Spokesperson Unit announced the intention to destroy the homes of the two terrorists who murdered Vyacheslav Golev in Ariel a couple of weeks ago.