Israel razes home of Palestinian who killed a girl

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Jerusalem, Aug 15 (IANS) Israel’s army said on Monday that troops demolished the home of a Palestinian who reportedly stabbed a Jewish teenager to death in her settlement home.

The home of 17-year-old Mohammed Tra’ayra in the West Bank village of Bani Naim near Hebron, was demolished overnight, Xinhua news agency quoted military statement as saying.

On June 30, Tra’ayra killed the 13 years old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba.

Ariel, who held a dual US-Israeli citizenship, was the youngest Israeli victim in a yearlong spate of violence, which had claimed the lives of 34 Israelis and at least 220 Palestinians.

Israel had demolished hundreds of Palestinian homes since it occupied the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 1967, as a punitive measure aimed at deterring Palestinians from carrying out attacks against Israelis.

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