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Video: Israel bombs kidnapping suspect’s home

© Photo: FRANCE 24 / Screengrab

Video by Siobhán SILKE , Nihad HIJAZI

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-08-23

Earlier this week and for the second time in as many months, Israeli bombs struck the home of Amer Abu Aisheh – a suspect in the June kidnapping and killing of three young Israeli settlers.

Abu Aisheh is no longer living at the house in the West Bank city of Hebron. Instead, the four branches of his extended family who still call it home are left to deal with the damage.

His family claim Abu Aisheh has been detained by the Israelis, though the Israeli Defence Forces deny this.

“I don't understand. Do they want to punish Amer or punish all of us?” Abu Aisheh’s brother told FRANCE 24.

“What did we do wrong? Why have they destroyed our home, blown up our walls?”
Israel has regularly used house demolition as retaliation against militants and the families of suicide bombers, a tactic condemned by human rights groups.

But the family are determined to stay put, despite the bombardments.

“We don't count on Jews or Arabs, we leave everything up to God,” said the uncle of Abu Aisheh. “We'll resist and stay here even if they completely destroy the house.”

Date created : 2014-08-23

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