An IDF soldier who entered the home of an Israeli settler in the West Bank village of Duma on Sunday to “clean up” his house has left the Palestinian village without a permit to enter it, local media reported.
The army said the soldier was inspecting the building, which was under construction, and that he had come “to the village for an inspection and to make sure that the building is clean.”
But Israeli media reported that the army was searching the home for explosives and had been allowed to enter only after the settler said that the soldiers were allowed in without permission.
The soldier did not enter the home, which is home to several families, and has not been arrested, Israeli media said.
The Israeli army said on Saturday that it was considering issuing a demolition order against Duma for the destruction of Palestinian structures.
The military said that while it did not know what the purpose of the inspection was, it was “necessary” to check if there were explosives in the building.
“We have to consider the situation, we have to assess what is happening there and what we can do about it,” the military said in a statement.
The Duma family lives in the village, which lies in the Golan Heights, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war.
The village was founded by Israeli settlers who built houses for Jewish settlers and other Palestinians in 1948.