Sat Jan 24, 2015 05:21AM
The file photo shows a Palestinian woman crying after her house was demolished by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.
The file photo shows a Palestinian woman crying after her house was demolished by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank.

The United Nations (UN) has called on the Israeli regime to immediately stop the destruction of Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank.

“In the past three days, 77 Palestinians, over half of them children, have been made homeless,” James W. Rawley, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory, said on Friday.

The UN official also expressed concern over the spate of demolitions of Palestinian homes by Israeli authorities in the occupied territory, including East Jerusalem al-Quds.

“Some of the demolished structures were provided by the international community to support vulnerable families. Demolitions that result in forced evictions and displacement run counter to Israel’s obligations under international law and create unnecessary suffering and tension,” Rawley stressed.

“They must stop immediately,” he emphazied.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Israeli authorities have razed to the ground as many as 42 Palestinian-owned structures in Ramallah, Jerusalem al-Quds, Jericho, and al-Khalil (Hebron) since January 20.

This is while according to international law, the destruction of private or public property in occupied territories is prohibited.

The Israeli regime destroyed at least 359 Palestinian structures in the West Bank throughout 2014, according to the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, which is a non-governmental group.

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