The Israeli army demolished the house of the second in command of Hamas

The Israeli army demolished the house of the second in command of Hamas

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The Israeli army demolished with explosives the empty house in the occupied West Bank of the second-in-command of the Palestinian organization Hamas, who has been living in self-imposed exile for years, according to eyewitnesses.

The demolition of Saleh al-Arouri's home in the village of Arura, 20km north of Ramallah, comes as war rages between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the enclave ruled by the Palestinian Authority.

A "significant force" of Israel entered the village of Arura and blew up the two-story house of Saleh al-Aruri, who lives in Lebanon, villagers said.

AFP images show the damaged house.

So far the Israeli army has not commented on the incident.

Israel's army carried out an operation in Arura on October 21 where they arrested about 20 people, including Saleh al-Aruri's brother and nine of his nephews, according to the village's mayor, Ali al-Hasib, and eyewitnesses.

Then he had invaded Aruri's house and interrogated dozens of residents of that village.

Saleh Aruri, whom Israel accuses of masterminding many anti-Israel attacks, was elected in 2017 as deputy to Hamas' political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh, officially becoming the movement's second in command.

After spending a total of almost 20 years in Israeli prisons, Aruri was released in 2010 on the condition that he go into self-imposed exile.

Source: RES-EAP