IDF troops raided a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank on Thursday for “disrespect,” and demolished the home of two people in an effort to “cleanse” the area of “extremists,” the Israeli military said in a statement.
“In an attempt to cleanse the area and remove the threat of terrorist activity, IDF troops and a bulldozer were deployed to the Al-Hara neighborhood in the central West Bank and demolished two houses belonging to the family of a Palestinian resident of the area,” the statement said.
“The demolition was carried out in coordination with the Palestinian Authority, the Shin Bet security service, the police and the municipality.”
The IDF did not say who carried out the raid.
The statement said the military was “not aware” of who carried it out or where it took place.
In December, Israel demolished the homes of at least 19 Palestinians in the northern West Bank for “disturbing the public order” during a visit by US President Donald Trump to the region.
The demolition took place on the eve of the annual Palestinian Easter holiday.
Israeli forces raided a house belonging to Muhammad Al-Khadjar and his wife, Sara, in the village of Nabi Saleh, south of the West Bank city of Ramallah, in December.
In the past, the Alsars have been targeted by Israeli forces for “extREMIST” activities.
They were among those who protested against the construction of the wall that is being built between Israel and the West Jerusalem neighborhood of Al-Aqsa Mosque.
On June 7, the Israeli army demolished a home in Al-Mawata refugee camp in the southern West Bank, also near Ramallah.
A number of Israeli settler attacks have taken place in the West for the past several months, targeting Palestinian homes.
Israel has been battling an outbreak of coronavirus in the Palestinian territories since mid-November, when it announced a five-day suspension of the Israeli-Palestinian border and military operations to halt the spread of the virus.
In October, the United Nations and other international organizations said the epidemic in the Gaza Strip was “unprecedented in the history of the world.”
The Palestinian territories are home to some 70 percent of the more than 1.8 million Palestinians living in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem.