IDF Demolishes Home of Palestinian Terrorist Who Murdered Israeli Father of Two
The Israeli military on Tuesday demolished the West Bank family home of a Palestinian terrorist who murdered an Israeli father of two a month ago and was shot dead in the attack.
Footage distributed by the military showed an armored bulldozer tearing into the one-story structure in the village of Kobar, north of Ramallah.
Mohammed Tareq Ibraham Dar Youssef, 17, broke into the settlement of Adam on July 26, and stabbed three people, killing Yotam Ovadia, 31. One of those wounded in the assault fatally shot the terrorist, the military said.
Israel says its home demolition policy — which has been upheld by its Supreme Court — is both punitive and a deterrence to potential attackers.
In a statement following the demolition, the military said dozens of Palestinians hurled rocks, firebombs and pipe bombs at troops who deployed in the village and that they responded with “riot dispersal means.” It said none of the soldiers was hurt. There were no immediate reports of any Palestinian injuries.
“We entered tonight to close a circle and we destroyed the terrorist’s home,” Lieutenant-Colonel Liron Appleman, a battalion commander, said at the scene in the video clip provided by the military.