IDF soldiers early Saturday reportedly raided the West Bank town of Kobar, home of the 17-year-old terrorist who carried out a deadly stabbing attack in a Israeli settlement.
Palestinian media said troops had gone into the village before dawn for a second time in a row, but gave no details on the soldiers activities. The IDF had no immediate comment.
On Friday, the army said it had raided the village, questioned a number of his family members and suspended their work permits.
During the raid on Friday morning, clashes broke out between young Palestinians and soldiers firing tear gas.
“The rioters hurled large rocks and firebombs and rolled burning tires at (Israeli) troops, who responded with riot dispersal means,” an army statement said.
The clashes were over by mid-morning Friday, an AFP photographer said, though the army had established a checkpoint at the edge of the village.
Later in the day, in a rare move, the mayor of Kobar condemned the acts of 17-year-old resident Mohammed Yousef. On Thursday evening Yousef stabbed three residents of the Adam settlement, killing 31-year-old Yotam Ovadia and wounding two others, before he was shot dead.
Ezzat Badwan, the mayor of Kobar near Ramallah, where Yousef lived with his family, said: “I believe that these operations are not correct nor humane. I will never support killing civilians. It is unacceptable and against international, religious and human customs.”
He also urged the IDF not to demolish Yousef’s home, as is common practice by Israel in response to attacks.
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