IDF demolishes home of Bnei Brak terrorist amid clashes

Two Palestinians died following armed clashes as IDF troops enter Yabad, near Jenin.

The house of the terrorist who killed five Israelis in Bnei Brak on March 29 is demolished by an explosion, on June 2, 2022. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)
The house of the terrorist who killed five Israelis in Bnei Brak on March 29 is demolished by an explosion, on June 2, 2022.
(photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

The IDF demolished the home of the terrorist from Yabad, near Jenin, who killed five Israelis in a shooting attack in Bnei Brak on March 29, Palestinian media reported.

Residents began to riot, including throwing stones, burning tires, throwing firebombs at soldiers and shooting. IDF forces responded with live fire, and two Palestinians died in ensuing clashes.

Initially, one Palestinian was killed and at least six others were injured by the live fire from Israeli forces, according to Palestinian reports. Palestinian media published a photo of the man's firearm after he was killed.

The Palestinian Health Ministry then announced on Thursday morning that one of the wounded Palestinians, Bilal Kabha, eventually died as a result of his injuries.

In May, the High Court of Justice rejected the petition of the family of the terrorist against the planned demolition of their home, although the ground floor will not be demolished since it was not proven that the terrorist lived there.

 POLICE OFFICERS and rescue forces are seen at the scene of Tuesday night’s terror attack in Bnei Brak.  (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90) POLICE OFFICERS and rescue forces are seen at the scene of Tuesday night’s terror attack in Bnei Brak. (credit: OLIVIER FITOUSSI/FLASH90)

The Bnei Brak attack

Yaakov Shalom, Rabbi Avishai Yehezkeli, Victor Sorokopot, Dimitri Mitrik and police officer Amir Khouri were murdered by Dia Hamarsheh in a shooting attack in Bnei Brak in late March. 

Hamarsheh was jailed for six months in 2013 for dealing in illegal firearms and affiliation with a terrorist group, and had worked illegally at a construction site in the city.

After a number of his relatives were arrested shortly after the attack, his father told KAN news that he "didn't notice anything unusual" about his son before the attack.

"We are not to blame for this story; what they're doing now is collective punishment."

Father of Bnei Brak terrorist Dia Hamarsheh

"If I had seen a preliminary sign that he was going to carry out a terrorist attack, I would not have let him leave the house," the terrorist's father said. " I would not let him think in that direction if I knew; no one wants his son to die. We are not to blame for this story; what they're doing now is collective punishment."

Clashes also broke out later Wednesday night in the Dahayshe refugee camp near Bethlehem, according to Palestinian reports.