Israeli security forces are preparing to demolish the homes of terrorists involved in a deadly Tel Aviv shooting attack – two years after the buildings were leveled.
In August 2016, IDF forces demolished the homes of Khalid and Mahmoud Mehamara, two cousins from the Palestinian Authority-controlled town of Yatta south of Hevron.
In June, the two terrorists opened fire in the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, killing four and wounding six.
Since then, however, the homes have been rebuilt, prompting Defense Ministry officials to begin proceedings for a second round of demolitions.
According to an IDF spokesperson on Wednesday, soldiers surveyed the newly-built homes to prepare for the new demolitions.
“Following the rebuilding of the residences of the terrorists who committed the shooting attack at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, the IDF surveyed their residences again in order to examine the option to demolish the residences.”
“Overnight, IDF soldiers surveyed the residences of the terrorists who committed the shooting attack at the Sarona Market in Tel Aviv in June, 2016, in order to examine the option to demolish them.”
The homes were built without authorization, the IDF spokesperson emphasized, noting the standing order to demolish the terrorists’ homes.
“The residences were rebuilt without a permit, after they were demolished on August 2016 by IDF troops following the order that was issued by the Commander of the Central Command. At the moment, the option to demolish the residences again is being examined.”