Egypt condemned Israel for the destruction of several Arab homes on the West Bank. The?
Egypt condemned Israel for the destruction of several Arab homes on the West Bank. The Israeli security forces say the were the homes of Palestinian guerrillas, but Egypt says such violations threaten peace and security in the region, and damage efforts to find a comprehensive Middle East peace settlement.
SYNOPSIS: The West Bank village of Silwad saw one family homeless after the Israeli security forces took a bulldozer to their house. The families sixteen-year-old son was being detained by the Israeli authorities on suspicion of being a Palestinian guerrilla. The family is claiming compensation, because they say there was a Supreme Court restraining order, forbidding the demolition. Through her neighbour, the mother of the family describes what happened.
In the morning when they came, they knocked the door .. nobody.. and then went to open. Then they throw the door out and they force the door. They force to come in the house. They took them out and took their belongs and throw it out and they came there with a bulldozer and start to .. (indistinct).. They took her husband out and tell him to sign, but he refused to sign and they hit him hard. They have a child about six months and they have other children and his wife and the refuse to go out from house. They forced them and they threw them out.
Israeli officials declined to comment on the family's request for compensation. Another West Bank Arab family's home was destroyed in the village of Kufur Qallil. An Egyptian government statement on the incidents said the government had received with utmost indignation news reports that the Israeli authorities had demolished Arab homes. The statement said the destruction of the houses constituted flagrant violations of all international agreements protecting citizens during the times of war.