RAMALLAH, West Bank — A relative of one of five Palestinians arrested by Israel over the killing of an Israeli couple in the West Bank says troops took measurements of their homes in an apparent prelude to demolishing them.
Ayman Masri, whose nephew was among those arrested, says Israeli troops raided five homes in the West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday. Palestinian official Qadura Fares says another five were raided elsewhere.
Israel's military had no immediate comment.
Israel says the arrested men shot and killed the couple in front of their four children in a drive-by attack last week, which came amid a spike in violence.
On Tuesday Israel demolished homes of two Palestinian militants who carried out deadly attacks in Jerusalem last year. The policy is meant to deter attacks.
Palestinians inspect the home of the Abu Jaber family that was demolished by the Israeli military in east Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. The Israeli military on Tuesday demolished homes of two Palestinian militants in east Jerusalem, one of which belonged to family of Ghassan Abu Jaber who killed four worshippers in an attack on a synagogue last year. Although Ghassan Abu Jaber was immediately killed, Israel often carries out such demolitions of the homes of militants' families, believing it will deter future attacks. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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