Israeli forces seal off home of Palestinian attack suspect

Israeli forces seal off home of Palestinian attack suspect
Home of a suspected Palestinian attack plotter is sealed off with concrete, following the demolition of the homes of two other defendants.
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10 November, 2016
The Palestinian suspect is accused of planning an attack that killed four Israelis [Anadolu]

Israeli occupation forces on have sealed off the West Bank home of a Palestinian accused of helping plan an attack in Tel Aviv, the Israeli army and residents said on Thursday.

The home in question was that of Younes Zein, 22, in Yatta, south of the flashpoint city of Hebron, the army said.

Palestinian witnesses said the army poured concrete into Zein's single-room block adjacent to the family home.

Minor clashes broke out, with the army using tear gas to disperse Palestinians. No casualties were reported.

Zein "assisted in the planning and supplied the weapons for the lethal attack at the Sarona market on June 8, 2016," a spokeswoman said.

The attack, which left four Israelis dead, was carried out by cousins Mohammad Makhamrah and Khaled Makhamrah. After walking into a popular Tel Aviv cafe dressed in black suits, the pair opened fire indiscriminately.

Three people were killed by gunshots, while a fourth victim died follwoing a heart attack. A further 15 people were injured.

Zein was allegedly supposed to have participared in the attack, however confessed to providing the duo with weapons, Israeli domestic security agency Shin Bet said.

The trio are facing charges of murder, conspiracy to murder and attempted murder. According to Shin Bet, they were planning, "a revenge attack against Israel in the name of the Islamic State" group during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

The army had demolished the homes of the Makhamrah cousins in August.

Israel routinely demolishes or seals off the homes of Palestinian assailants, claiming that it will prevent further attacks.

Human rights groups and Palestinians say the policy amounts to collective punishment, with family members suffering for the acts of others.