At least 10 Palestinians injured as Israeli soldiers demolish West Bank house

At least 10 Palestinians injured as Israeli soldiers demolish West Bank house 

Smoke rises as Israeli troops destroy the Abu Humaid family home at the al-Amari refugee camp in the west bank city of Ramallah, Dec. 15, 2018. EPA-EFE/ALAA BADARNEH

Ramallah, West Bank, Dec 15 (efe-epa).- Over ten Palestinians were injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers after the Israeli army demolished a West Bank house that belonged to a family of a Palestinian who allegedly killed a soldier earlier this year, official sources announced Saturday.

Hundreds of Israeli soldiers surrounded the four-floor house that belonged to the family of Islam Abu Hmaid, who has been accused of killing soldier Ronen Lubarsky after he was hit with an object during an Israeli operation in the refugee camp of al-Amari in May, according to the Palestinian state-run news agency WAFA.

Dozens of Palestinian activists and some international activists were waiting inside the house in a bid to prevent the house demolition, witnesses told EFE.

Soldiers forced the activists to evacuate the building and then destroyed it using explosives.

Clashes erupted in the process between Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, who used tear gas and rubber bullets, causing minor injuries to over ten Palestinians who were taken to a Ramallah hospital, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Health Ministry revealed.

Asked by EFE, an Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment on the demolition of the house, saying that it is still an ongoing operation.

Al-Amari camp is located in the West Bank Area A, in which Israel does not have administrative or security control as the Oslo II Accord stated.