Israeli regime arrests kin of alleged attacker

31 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since Trump’s Jerusalem announcement

Occupied Jerusalem: Israeli occupation forces have arrested a brother and an uncle of a Palestinian accused of killing two soldiers in a West Bank car ramming incident late on Friday, the occupation army said.

The alleged driver of the vehicle — identified as Alaa Kabha, born in 1991 — was already in custody having been detained injured at the scene and taken to hospital under guard.

Friday’s car ramming, close to a Jewish colony near Jenin in the north of the occupied West Bank, also wounded two occupation regime soldiers, one of them seriously.

Tensions were high after Hamas called for a day of rage on Friday to commemorate 100 days since US President Donald Trump’s controversial recognition of occupied Jerusalem as the Israeli regime’s capital.

Palestinians too see the city as their capital and Trump’s recognition broke with decades of US policy that the status of the city would be negotiated between the parties.

At least 31 Palestinians and four Israelis have been killed since Trump’s announcement, which set off major protests.

Hamas praised the attack but did not claim responsibility for it.

According to the regime’s Shin Bet domestic security agency, Kabha had previously been interned for security reasons but was released in April last year.

Israeli occupation soldiers inspected his family home following Friday’s attack in readiness to demolish it.

Authorities also rescinded the permits of 67 of members of his extended family to work in Israel and those of 26 to do business with it.

Human rights groups condemn such measures as collective punishment.

Car rammings are a tactic that has been used repeatedly in a wave of lone wolf attacks that has hit Israel and the occupied territories since October 2015.

The frequency of such attacks had abated but has picked up again since Trump’s announcement on occupied Jerusalem.

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