News ID: 324201
Published: 0242 GMT September 18, 2022

UN: Israel razed 44 Palestinian buildings in West Bank in fortnight

UN: Israel razed 44 Palestinian buildings in West Bank in fortnight

The United Nations said that Israel destroyed 44 Palestinian buildings in the West Bank in two weeks.

A report cited by the Palestinian Information Center on Sunday, stressed that out of the 44 buildings, "about 35 buildings are located in Area C, 19 of which were destroyed without warning, which prevented the owners from being able to protest in advance."

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the demolition took place over a span of two weeks under the pretext of "lack of building permits", Press TV wrote.

“The occupation authorities displaced as a result of the demolitions between August 30 and September 12, 29 Palestinians, including 10 children, while the livelihoods of about 140 others were affected,” the OCHA's report said.

The OCHA also confirmed that Israel demolished 11 Palestinian homes for "punitive reasons" since the beginning of the year, compared to three in 2021 and seven in 2020.

Pointing to Israeli practice of destroying homes of Palestinians allegedly involved in anti-Israel operations, the report underlined that "punitive demolitions are a form of collective punishment, which is illegal under international law."

Israel occupied the Palestinian territory of the West Bank, including East Al-Quds, during the 1967 war.

Ever since it has dotted the territory with hundreds of settlements, which are illegal under international law.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent state with East Al-Quds as its capital. Israel, however, lays claim to the entire city.




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