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Israeli army demolishes homes of Palestinian kidnappers of taxi-driver

Israel’s army demolished overnight the West Bank homes of two Palestinians involved in last week’s kidnapping of an Israeli taxi-driver, an army spokesman revealed. The spokesman, in a statement issued Friday, said the homes of Ahmed Hajaj and Ramaz Rimawi were demolished in Beit Rima near the town of Ramallah for taking part in the July 11 kidnapping of Eliahu Gorel. An Israeli commando unit rescued the 61-year-old taxi-driver unharmed on Tuesday from a house in Beitunia, also near Ramallah. The kidnappers wanted to exchange him for 2,000 Palestinian prisoners, according to the army. The army announced Friday that soldiers would no longer be able hitch lifts, citing the danger of kidnap by “hostile elements”. Full Story

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