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Monday 15 September 2014

Homes of murder suspects destroyed

Published 18/08/2014 | 08:11

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Palestinians walk on the rubble of the house of Hussam Qawasmeh after it was demolished by the Israeli army in the West Bank city of Hebron (AP)

Israeli troops have demolished the homes of two militants suspected over the abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers whose deaths sparked the war in Gaza, and sealed up the home of a third.

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The military said the West Bank homes were destroyed early today, according to procedure in dealing with militants suspected of major crimes.

The three teenagers - Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel - were murdered in the West Bank in June.

Their deaths led to wide-ranging Israeli raids in the West Bank and precipitated a month of bitter fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

The suspected mastermind, Hussam Kawasma, has been in Israeli custody since July. Two other suspects, identified by Israel as Marwan Kawasma and Amer Abu Aysha, remain at large.

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