UN: 42 Palestinians, Including 24 Children, Displaced as Israel Demolished or Seized 26 Palestinian Structures

UN: 42 Palestinians, Including 24 Children, Displaced as Israel Demolished or Seized 26 Palestinian Structures

Palestinian children check the house of a Palestinian man after it was demolished by Israeli forces on April 24, 2018, in the West Bank city of Jenin. (AFP Photo)

The Israeli occupation authorities demolished or seized in the period between 2 and 15 March 26 Palestinian-owned structures in Area C of the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, displacing 42 people, of whom 24 were children, and otherwise affecting about 120, according to the biweekly Protection of Civilians report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Seventeen of the structures, and all of the displaced people, were recorded in Area C, which is under full Israeli military control.

OCHA said that two buildings were demolished in Ein Shibli village, in the Nablus area, displacing 17 people, on the basis of Military Order 1797, which allows for demolitions within 96 hours of the issuance of a ‘removal order.’ The remaining displacement resulted from the demolition of four homes in al Tuwani and Khallet Athaba’ communities in Hebron, and in Beit Jala in Bethlehem.

The livelihood of 20 people was affected by the demolition of a vegetable stall near Qalqilya city, while 16 were affected by the demolition of two uninhabited houses and the confiscation of one metal container in Isteih in the Jericho area. Two of the nine structures targeted in East Jerusalem were demolished by the owner.

Meanwhile, Israeli settlers injured six Palestinians in the Hebron governorate and damaged Palestinian-owned property, including vehicles and trees. Four of the injured were physically assaulted in three incidents. Two boys, aged 13 and 14, were injured in two separate incidents in the H2 area of Hebron city and the Bir al ‘Idd area, respectively; in the latter incident, the donkey on which the boy was riding was stabbed.

According to Palestinian sources, Israeli settlers damaged at least five vehicles, a house and an agricultural structure in the villages of Jalud and Huwwara in the Nablus district, and Kafr ad Dik and Bruqin in the Salfit district.

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