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Israel to destroy synagogue shooters’ homes

An Israeli police spokesman said he was checking the report

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Israeli police on Thursday handed home demolition notices to families of two more attackers from east Jerusalem, a Palestinian official said, according to the Associated Press.

The families of Ibrahim al-Akari and Moataz Hijazi received the notices on Thursday, Adnan Husseini, the Palestinian Authority minister for Jerusalem affairs, said.

An Israeli police spokesman said he was checking the report.

The announcement comes a day after security personnel destroyed a home there for the first time in five years.

Although the tactic has caused much controversy and debate over its effectiveness, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stepped up the demolition orders in an effort to halt the violence.

On Tuesday, Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal burst into a crowded synagogue, killing four worshippers and a Druze Arab policeman with meat cleavers and gunfire before they were shot dead.

It was the bloodiest attack in a recent wave of violence by Palestinian assailants that has killed 11 people.

[With the Associated Press]