News   /   Palestine

UN aid agency says Israel displaced 23 Palestinians in two weeks

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows Israeli bulldozers in the occupied territories. (Photo by the Palestinian Information Center)

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says Israel forces have either demolished or seized 24 Palestinian-owned structures in the occupied territories of West Bank and Jerusalem al-Quds in a span of two weeks.

In its bi-weekly report on Israeli violations on Friday, the OCHA said the demolitions were carried out between 15 and 28 March 2021 under the pretext of lacking the necessary construction permits, which are almost impossible to obtain, the Palestinian Information Center reported on Sunday.   

The report added that the demolitions have displaced 23 people, including 11 children, and affected over 1,200 others.

The OCHA further said 16 of the structures were located in the so-called Area C of the West Bank, which is under full Israeli military control, adding that the rest of the structures were situated in East Jerusalem al-Quds.

According to UN aid agency, most of the demolitions were carried out in the the Masafer Yatta area of the southern al-​Khalil (Hebron), where Israeli authorities destroyed three roads and the main water pipeline serving multiple Palestinian communities last month.

Moreover, the OCHA said in the same report that Israeli forces have killed a 16-year-old Palestinian boy and a 29-year-old Palestinian woman in separate incidents in the occupied West Bank on June 16.

The Israeli forces have also injured at least 1,075 Palestinians, including 238 children, across the West Bank, it added.

Some 790 of those Palestinians, including 237 children, were injured during protests against the establishment of an Israeli settlement outpost near the village of Beita, south of Nablus.

The rest were wounded in other locations, including East Jerusalem al-Quds, Kafr Qaddum, east of Qalqilya City, and al-Mughayyir, northeast of Ramallah, it said.

The OCHA further noted that the Israeli forces have carried out 144 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 180 Palestinians, including seven children, across the West Bank during the reporting period.

According to the report, Israeli settlers have also injured at least nine Palestinians in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of Jerusalem al-Quds and have damaged Palestinian-owned properties across the occupied territories, including agricultural structures.  

Throughout the years, Israel has frequently demolished Palestinian homes, claiming that the structures have been built without permits, which are nearly impossible to obtain.

The Tel Aviv regime even orders the Palestinian owners to tear down their own homes or pay the demolition costs to the municipality.

At the same time, Israel has expanded its illegal settlements for Israelis in occupied Palestinian territories, which are all illegal under international law.

The demolitions and evictions carried out by Israeli authorities are seen as part of their efforts to forcibly displace Palestinians and change the demographic character of the occupied territories.

More than 600,000 Israelis live in over 230 settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. The UN Security Council has condemned Israel’s settlement activities in the occupied territories in several resolutions.

Palestinians want the West Bank as part of a future independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem al-Quds as its capital.

Press TV’s website can also be accessed at the following alternate addresses:

Press TV News Roku