Palestinian prisoner's family home demolished by Israeli bulldozers

Palestinian prisoner's family home demolished by Israeli bulldozers
Israel is clamping down on security in the occupied territories ahead of the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, while a Palestinian home is demolished by the Israeli military.
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11 October, 2016
Home demolitions of Palestinians have been described as "collective punishment" [Getty]
The Israeli military demolished the family home of a Palestinian convicted on Tuesday, accused of being an accomplice to an attack on Israeli forces.

Meanwhile security has been stepped up by Israeli - including in the Occupied Territories - for a Jewish holiday that is set to begin at sundown.

The accomplice, Amjad Elewi, allegedly assisted in the "planning and execution" of a shooting attack that killed two Israelis who were driving their car in the West Bank.

He is serving two life sentences plus 30 years for his role in the attack.

The Israeli military have sealed crossings in and out of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, Judaism's holiest day, which ends on Wednesday evening, following a drive-by shooting this weekend that killed two Israelis.

Police said forces shuttered a pastry shop in the occupied West Bank belonging to the family of the attacker earlier on Tuesday.

Israeli police allege that the shop was a "center for incitement", where videos were filmed to "encourage terrorism".

Israel regularly destroys the homes of Palestinians accused of attacks, a policy described by Palestinians and human rights groups as collective punishment, forcing families to suffer for the acts of others.

Since a popular uprising against Israeli occupation began last October, at least 232 Palestinians have been killed.