Israel destroys homes of Palestinians suspected of killing Israeli teens

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A bus driver inspects the damage caused to his bus by a rocket fired from the Gaza strip hitting near the kibbutz of Yad Mordechay on August 19,2014. Israel and Palestinian militants resumed fire across the Gaza border on Tuesday, sparking panic across the war-torn enclave and halting truce talks. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken early on August 18, 2014 in the West Bank town of Hebron shows smoke billowing above the house of Hussam Qawasmeh, named by Israel as one of the suspects in the murder of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers a month ago, after the Israeli army demolished it with TNT explosives. The houses of Hussam Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Eisheh, said by Israel to be Hamas members in the city of Hebron, were demolished as both militants are still hunted down by the Israeli army. AFP PHOTO/ HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
HEBRON, WEST BANK - AUGUST 18: Palestinian children plant Hamas forces flag on the ruin of buildings on august 18, 2014 after Israeli forces on Monday destroyed two houses and sealed off a third in the West Bank city of Hebron under the allegation that the owners were responsible of kidnapping and murdering three Jewish settlers near the city two months ago. (Photo by Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/15: An extreme close-up of a tear gas bomb being held by an Israeli soldier.As the extended, but fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding, Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of Bethlehem once again came out into the streets to march in solidarity, not only in solidarity with Gaza, but in solidarity of defying the Israeli military occupation. In the early morning hours of Friday, Israeli special forces raided two of the refugee camps in Bethlehem, injuring a 24-year-old man with live fire. This comes after two other Palestinians were shot and killed in the West Bank, including a 12-year-old child in Hebron who was shot and killed, Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati. A Fatah Activist was also shot dead in Nablus, 24-year-old,Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra. Meanwhile, the Gaza death toll stands at 1,980 Palestinians, and over 10,181 injured. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK, PALESTINE - 2014/08/15: A masked Israeli soldiers stands in front of journalists and reporters. Soldiers often try to obstruct the view of journalists. As the extended, but fragile ceasefire in Gaza is holding, Palestinian youth in the West Bank city of Bethlehem once again came out into the streets to march in solidarity, not only in solidarity with Gaza, but in solidarity of defying the Israeli military occupation. In the early morning hours of Friday, Israeli special forces raided two of the refugee camps in Bethlehem, injuring a 24-year-old man with live fire. This comes after two other Palestinians were shot and killed in the West Bank, including a 12-year-old child in Hebron who was shot and killed, Khalil Muhammad Ahmad al-Anati. A Fatah Activist was also shot dead in Nablus, 24-year-old,Zakariyya Mousa Dawood al-Aqra. Meanwhile, the Gaza death toll stands at 1,980 Palestinians, and over 10,181 injured. (Photo by Anna Ferensowicz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
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(Reuters) - Israeli troops on Monday demolished the homes of two Palestinians it suspects of the abduction and killing of three teenagers in the occupied West Bank in June, the army said.

Troops set charges to destroy the homes of Hussam Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha in the southern West Bank before dawn and sealed off the home of a third suspect, Marwan Kawasme, the army said.

Israel accuses Hamas Islamist militants of the abduction and killing of Jewish seminary students Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah, who went missing on June 12 and were discovered dead a couple of weeks later in the West Bank.

Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied the accusations.

Hussam Kawasme, a 40-year-old resident of Hebron, was arrested on July 11 but the other two suspects remained at large, the army said.

The killings set off a cycle of violence that led to a month-long offensive between Israel and militants in Hamas-dominated Gaza.

Israel carried out air strikes and a ground offensive in the enclave to counter militant rocket fire and to blow up a network of tunnels dug under the border to infiltrate the Jewish state.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza says 1,980 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed in the conflict. On the Israeli side, 64 soldiers and three civilians have been killed.

A ceasefire that brought fighting to a halt is due to expire later on Monday and Egyptian-mediated talks to end the conflict are not certain to succeed, according to Palestinian delegates participating in the talks in Cairo.

Hussam Kawasme's arrest was made public for the first time earlier this month in a document from a court case over whether houses belonging to him and two other suspects should be destroyed as a punitive measure.

It said Kawasme had admitted helping to organize the kidnapping - securing funding from Hamas and buying weapons which he passed on to the two other suspects who carried out the attack.

He also helped to bury the bodies of the teenagers in a plot of land he had bought a few months earlier, it said.

The military statement said Israel's supreme court had affirmed the military's wish to demolish the homes and had rejected three appeals by the suspects' families against their destruction.

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