Israeli Defense Forces raided the homes of Amar Abu Aisha and Marwan Qawasmeh in the city of Hebron on Monday evening, June 30th into the morning of July 1st. At approximately 12:00 am, soldiers set up explosives in both homes, detonating them after the families were evacuated. Israeli intelligence has accused both men of allegedly kidnapping the settler teens. The whereabouts of both men are unknown.
Amar Abu Aisha’s father was arrested four days ago and two of his sons were arrested fourteen days ago.
Umm Sharif, Marwan Qawasmeh’s mother, recounted how the IDF had delayed the transport of her husband to the hospital, who has cancer and suffers from asthma. Marwan’s wife and 2-month-old nephew were taken to the hospital after sustaining moderate injuries from the blast but have since recovered. His wife was summoned for questioning this morning at Atzion Prison along with Marwan’s sister and brother.
The Qawasmeh family had just prepared an iftar meal around 7:45pm and had not yet eaten when Israeli forces entered their home. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
A kitchen in the Qawasmeh family home. “They didn’t leave one glass unbroken,” says Umm Sharif Qawasmeh. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
Israeli soldiers used knives from the kitchen to destroy furniture throughout the Qawasmeh home. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
Neighbors and family members inspect the damage of the second floor living room after IDF set off explosives during the night. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
Remnants of the second floor living room and kitchen. “There’s nothing left,” says Umm Sharif Qawasmeh. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
Family members walk in the second floor hallway where the blast blew through the front wall and cracked several others. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
Several families live together in the large home. Every sink was broken by Israeli soldiers. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
IDF searched and destroyed most of the Abu Aisha family’s belongings before setting off explosives in the second floor living room. A nearby car was damaged from flying debris when the home was bombed. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
IDF searched all the kitchens in the home, emptying containers of sugar, rice and oil and breaking dishes, appliances and cabinets. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
A neighbor walks across the second floor living room that was completely destroyed by the late night blast. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
Family members and neighbors inspect the damage. The Aisha family was kept inside during much of the raid until soldiers evacuated them outside to detonate the explosives. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)
A neighbor boy stands amidst the rubble of the second floor living room. (Photo: Kelly Lynn)