Israeli forces, overnight Wednesday, demolished the family homes of two alleged Palestinian attackers in Ramallah and nearby Birzeit town, resulting in intense confrontations with local youths, WAFA correspondent said.

She said that a large Israeli army force invaded the town of Birzeit after midnight, and surrounded the family home of Yazan Maghames, the military bulldozers proceeded to level it to the ground.

Youths confronted the Israeli soldiers, who fired tear-gas canisters towards them and at homes causing many suffocation cases.

At the same time, soldiers invaded the Ramallah neighborhood of al-Tireh and demolished the family residence of Walid Hanatsheh, which is located in an apartment building.

Witnesses said that the army surrounded the 6-floor building, inhabited by 13 families, before proceeding to demolish the inner and outer walls of the Hanatsheh apartment.

Hanatsheh and Maghames, are currently detained in Israeli prison for their alleged involvement in the killing of an Israeli settler near the illegal colonial settlement of Dolev, near the Palestinian village of Ras Karkar, in August 2019.

1. Article 33 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that collective punishment is a war crime;

  • No protected person may be punished for any offense he or she has not personally committed.
  • Collective penalties and likewise all measures of intimidation or of terrorism are prohibited.
  • Pillage is prohibited.
  • Reprisals against protected persons and their property is prohibited.

2. Additional Protocol II of 1977 also explicitly forbids collective punishment.

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~ WAFA, Wikipedia, IHL Database