RAMALLAH, Friday, September 11, 2020 (WAFA) – During the last two weeks, 33 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized by the Israeli occupation authorities for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 98 Palestinians, over half of whom were children, and otherwise affecting about 100 people, said the UN-OCHA in its biweekly Protection of Civilians Report.
The UN-OCHA said most demolitions and displacements were recorded in Area C, with the largest number of displacements (45 people) recorded in two incidents in the Bedouin community of Wadi As Seeq near Ramallah. Also, 12 people were displaced following the demolition of five structures in the herding community of Jinba, near Hebron, located in an area designated as a ‘firing zone’ for Israeli military training.
In Ras at Tin, another herding community located in a ‘firing zone’ in the Ramallah area, parts of a donor-funded school, which was under construction, along with equipment and construction materials, were seized.
In addition, four demolitions in East Jerusalem resulted in the displacement of 39 people. In three of these incidents, the demolitions were carried out by the owners, who were forced to do so to avoid additional fees and fines.
Meanwhile, Israeli occupation forces conducted 152 search-and-arrest operations across the occupied West Bank, arresting 117 Palestinians. On the overnight of 7 September, a large-scale operation took place across the Hebron governorate, with at least 30 Palestinians being arrested. Another large operation was carried out on 26 August across multiple East Jerusalem neighbourhoods simultaneously, in which ten people were arrested, reportedly for working for the Palestinian Authority in East Jerusalem, in contravention to Israeli law. Regular policing activities and related tensions in Al ‘Isawiya neighbourhood of East Jerusalem continued; in one incident, a journalist was arrested and his equipment was confiscated.
During the same period, UN-OCHA said two Palestinians were injured and Palestinian-owned property was vandalized in settler-related incidents. Palestinians from Kafr Malik, near Ramallah, clashed with Israeli settlers, when the latter attempted to set up a new outpost on the village’s land. Israeli occupation forces who intervened in the incident shot with live ammunition and injured a Palestinian man.
In another incident, a Palestinian woman was stoned and injured while travelling on Road 60, in the Nablus governorate, while three more cars sustained damage by stones.
A shepherd from At Tuwani village, south of Hebron, reported that a settler had rammed into his sheep, killing ten and injuring five.
In three separate incidents, settlers vandalized four vehicles in Asira al Qibliya and Huwwara, both in Nablus Governorate, where they sprayed graffiti on the walls of houses, and on Road 60 in the Hebron governorate.
Additionally, a staircase leading to a kindergarten in the H2 area of Hebron was damaged by settlers.