Israel has demolished homes of two Palestinian militants who carried out deadly attacks in Jerusalem last year.

Tuesday's demolitions come amid weeks of heightened Palestinian unrest in east Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has warned he'll use a "strong hand" to quell the latest violent Palestinian protests and deadly attacks.

The military says the demolitions were carried out overnight at Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's instructions.

The homes belonged to the families of a man who killed seven worshippers in a Jerusalem synagogue last year, and a second attacker who killed one person when he rammed a bulldozer into traffic.

Although the attackers were immediately killed, Israel often carries out such demolitions of the homes of militants' families, believing it will deter future attacks.