Israeli forces stormed on Thursday, 15 June 2023 Nablus City in the occupied West Bank and blew up the family home of a Palestinian detainee.
The large contingent of Israeli soldiers poured into Nablus in the Old City area, cordoning off the family home of the Palestinian detainee Osama Al-Taweel.
Eyewitness affirmed that Israelis spent hours planting explosives that later pulverized the Al-Taweel family’s apartment.
Published photos showed soldiers painstakingly planting explosives in the walls of the home before the massive blast that turned the spacious apartment to ruins and rubble, while also blowing out the windows of homes in the neighborhood.
Demolishing the homes of Palestinians for allegedly carrying out attacks on Israelis is a long-held practice of Israel.
Thousands of Palestinian people have lost their homes to demolitions in what human rights groups say is a policy by the Israeli occupation of collective punishment that may amount to war crimes.
“International humanitarian law, including the Hague Regulations of 1907 and the Fourth Geneva Convention, prohibits collective punishment, including deliberately harming the relatives of those accused of committing crimes, in all circumstances,” Human Rights Watch said in February.
“Courts around the world have treated collective punishment as a war crime,” the rights group said.
Arrested in February, Osama Al-Taweel was accused of carrying out a shooting attack near Nablus in which one Israeli soldier was killed.
During the demolition operation, intense confrontations broke out between Palestinian residents and Israeli forces in several parts of Nablus city.
One Palestinian was killed during the military raid into Nablus. Two Palestinians were injured in the raid and brought to the Palestinian Medical Complex
The Palestinian medical crews and ambulances were prevented from reaching the scene, the Palestinian Red Crescent stated.
Since the beginning of 2023, Israeli occupation forces demolished 396 Palestinian homes, displacing 619 Palestinian people including women and children, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).