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    Israel destroys homes of Palestinians suspected of murdering Israeli teens

    euronews (in English)

    by euronews (in English)

    With the end of a five-day ceasefire looming, Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank have demolished the homes of two Palestinians suspected of abducting and killing three Israeli teenagers in June.

    Troops set charges to destroy the homes of Hussam Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha, while the property of a third Palestinian suspect, Marwan Kawasme, was sealed off, according to the Israel Defence Forces.

    Hussam was arrested on July 11, but the other two suspects are said to remain at large.

    Extensive Israeli raids in the West Bank and a month of intense fighting between Israeli forces and Hamas in the Gaza Strip followed the murders of the teens.

    Over 2,000 civilians and miltary personnel have been killed in the five weeks of hostilities, the majority of them Palestinian.

    A fragile five-day ceasefire is scheduled to end at midnight on Monday. On the morning of the deadline, Israeli tanks could be seen approaching the border with Gaza.