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Palestinian man accused of July 1 shooting killed as Israeli forces bombard and destroy his home

By Lili Martinez - July 27, 2016
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Hebron] [House Demolition] [IDF]

A Palestinian accused of the shooting death of Rabbi Michael Marc on July 1 was killed in his home in the village of Surif last night after the Israeli army surrounded and bombarded his home with anti-tank missiles, destroying it.

It is unclear exactly how Mohammed Faqih, 29, was killed, as bulldozers demolished the home after the initial attack, during which the Israeli army said it exchanged fire with Faqih. Maan News reported Faqih’s body was seen being lifted out of the house in the bucket of the Israeli army bulldozer.

According to a statement in Arabic by the Israeli army, Faqih carried out a shooting attack on Route 60 between the illegal Israeli settlements of Beit Hagai and Otniel south of Hebron in which Marc was killed and his wife and children were injured.

Faqih’s killing and the destruction of his house sparked clashes in Surif and the surrounding area during which four Palestinians were detained in connection to Faqih’s alleged attack, and the Israeli army used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse protesters, wounding a Palestinian woman.

While originally from the village of Dura, Faqih had lived in Hebron and had been detained in the past for alleged activity in the Islamic Jihad group. Haaretz reported that according to the Shin Bet, Faqih had become affiliated with Hamas in prison.

The Israeli army has implemented widespread closures in the Hebron area while they hunted for the perpetrator of the shooting attack on July 1, and in response to the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl in Kiryat Arba on June 30.

Photo credit : Palestine News Network


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