Israeli forces have demolished an Arab house and sealed up four others on the West Bank in a crackdown on Palestinian guerrillas.
Israeli forces have demolished an Arab house and sealed up four others on the West Bank in a crackdown on Palestinian guerrillas. An army spokesman said the houses had been used by four Palestinians -- three of them women -- who it's claimed are responsible for a series of attacks which killed at least four people and wounded dozens of others during the past year.
SYNOPSIS: The destroyed house was in the village of Jamia, near Ramallah. It had been occupied by a 22-year-old woman teacher, Atas Ahmen Yussef, who the Israeli Army claim was caught planting a bomb in a Jerusalem bus depot last week. The house was levelled and belongings scattered in the street.
Destroying or sealing up houses after the eviction of the families living in them -- is a common punishment in Israeli-occupied territory for Arabs who give shelter to guerrillas.
An army spokesman said that Miss Yusuf, and three other Palestinians, two other women and a man, belonged to the Fatah organisation and had been trained in Syria. All three girls have been caught, but the man, also a teacher, is still at large. The Mayor of Elbireth and Mayor Khalif of Ramallah have condemned the army action.