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Israeli occupation demolishes 42 Palestinian buildings, displacing 53 people and affecting 150 others - UN

Israeli occupation demolishes 42 Palestinian buildings, displacing 53 people and affecting 150 others - UN
Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes. (File photo)

JERUSALEM, Friday, October 09, 2020 (WAFA) - The Israeli occupation authorities demolished or seized 42 Palestinian-owned structures in the period between September 22 and October 5 for the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 53 Palestinians, and otherwise affecting about 150 people, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said in its biweekly Protection of Civilians Report.

Most of the demolished structures (39), which included 15 provided as humanitarian assistance, and all the people displaced, were recorded in Area C, which makes up over 60 percent of the area of the occupied West Bank and is under full Israeli military rule.

These included six residential structures in the communities of al-Rakeez and Mantiqat Shi'b al Butum in the South Hebron hills, located in a closed area designated for military training, displacing 27 people. Eight other structures were demolished in the same incident in Kisan village in the Bethlehem area, displacing 13 Palestinians. Also, six structures were demolished in Khirbet Yarza in Tubas area, Ni’lin, near Ramallah, and Deir Samit in Hebron district, on the basis of the Military Order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order’. The three structures in East Jerusalem were livelihood-related.

In settler-related violence against the civilian Palestinian population in the occupied West Bank and their property, three Palestinians were injured, and dozens of olive trees damaged, in three incidents involving settlers.

The Palestinians were injured when they fell after being chased by a guard from the illegal Yitzhar settlement in the north of the West Bank while they were undertaking a survey of their land near the settlement. Also, 80 Palestinian-owned olive trees were vandalized by settlers in three locations near the villages of al Jab’a and al Khader near Bethlehem, and in Kafr ad Dik in the Salfit region. In addition, settlers attacked a woman and broke her phone while she was filming them trespassing on her land in the H2 area of Hebron city, which is under Israeli control.


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