UN: Israeli Occupation Forces Demolished 33 Palestinian Structures in Last 2 Weeks, Displacing 98 People

UN: Israeli Occupation Forces Demolished 33 Palestinian Structures in Last 2 Weeks, Displacing 98 People

A Palestinian woman sits in front of her demolished house after Israeli forces destroyed it in the Negev on 15 February 2015 [Days of Palestine/Facebook]

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.

At the same time, 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.

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.

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