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Official: Netanyahu orders Jerusalem ‘terrorists’ homes razed

Netanyahu has ordered officials to demolish the homes of Palestinians in east Jerusalem who carried out attacks on Israelis,

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has ordered officials to demolish the homes of Palestinians in east Jerusalem who carried out attacks on Israelis, an official told AFP Friday.

“Last night, at a consultation with security officials a number of possible measures to restore calm in Jerusalem were discussed,” the official said on condition of anonymity.

“Among those discussed was the sealing or demolition of terrorists’ homes, this was approved,” the official said, adding that implementation of the plan required formal justice ministry approval.

Meanwhile, an Israeli man who was critically wounded in a deadly Palestinian car attack in Jerusalem died of his injuries early Friday, raising the death toll to two, the hospital said.

“The person who was critically wounded in the hit-and-run attack in Jerusalem passed away this morning,” said a statement from Hadassa hospital in Ein Kerem.

A hospital spokeswoman could not confirm details of his age or identity but Israel’s army radio said he was a 17-year-old student at a Jewish seminary in the city.

During Wednesday’s attack, a 38-year-old Palestinian from Shuafat refugee camp in east Jerusalem deliberately rammed his car into two groups of pedestrians, killing a border police officer and wounding another nine people.

It was the second such deadly attack by a Palestinian driving a car in two weeks, and triggered a wave of rioting across flashpoint areas in the eastern annexed sector of the city.