Early on Monday morning the IDF destroyed the Hebron area West Bank homes of theÂ murderers of the three Jewish teenswho were abducted and killed in June.
Unsuccessful petitions seeking to prevent the state from carrying out the demolitions preceded the IDF action.
Special forces of the IDF’s Engineering Corps destroyed the home of Husam al-Kawasme the ‘mastermind’ behind the kidnapping and murder of Gil-Ad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel.
Al-Kawasme is suspected of giving the mid-June order to Marwan al-Kawasme and Amir Abu Aisha to kidnap teenagers.
According to the state, Husam confessed not only that he gave the orders, but also that he collected weapons and raised funding for the attack by the Hamas cell.
In addition, Husam assisted Marwan in concealing the bodies by burying them on land he had bought in recent months.
Husam was attempting to flee the area and disappear across the Jordanian border with false documents subsequent to the bodies being found when he was caught on July 11.
The state said the evidence it had was at the level of a near certainty, having interrogated Husam and collected other evidence.
In addition to al-Kawasme’s home, the IDF destroyed the home of suspected murderer Amir Abu Aisha and it sealed and put out of use the home of the suspect Marwan al-Kawasme.
Abu Aisha and Marwan al-Kawasme who are affiliated with Hamas have been at large since the June 12 kidnapping.
The three yeshiva students Shaer,16, Yifrah, 19, and Fraenkel, 16 were kidnappedÂ late at night from a hitchhiking point in the Gush Etzion area of the West Bank. They were found dead over two weeks later on June 30 not far from where they were abducted.
The IDF said in a statement on Monday that the destruction of homes sends a severe message meant to deter terrorists and their helpers.