Israeli troops demolish Hamas operative’s family home in eastern Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Some 1,200 Israeli troops and police entered the Shuafat neighbourhood of eastern Jerusalem to assist in demolishing the home of a Hamas operative who killed two Israelis in a car-ramming attack.

Ibrahim Akkari drove his car into a group of Border Police officers standing at a northern Jerusalem light rail station and then continued to hit pedestrians with his car before getting out of the vehicle wielding an iron bar and attempting to attack more people. He was shot and killed by police at the scene of the attack in November of last year.

A Druze-Israeli police officer and a yeshiva student were killed in the attack. A Palestinian man, 60, died days later from injuries sustained in the attack.

“The forces were instructed to show zero tolerance for any attempt to harm security forces or disrupt the public order,” the Israel Police said in a statement posted on its website.

The house was demolished with explosives by the IDF Engineering Corps on Thursday morning.

Following the attack, Akkari’s family praised his actions in interviews.

The Palestinian Maan news agency reported Wednesday afternoon that 13 Palestinians were shot and injured by Israeli forces during clashes that followed the demolition.

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