[News] 29 Palestinian Structures Demolished in Past Two Weeks
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Fri Dec 27 11:52:43 EST 2019
29 Structures Demolished in Past Two Weeks
December 27, 2019
During the period between December 10 and 23, Israeli occupation
authorities demolished or forced people to demolish 29 structures in the
occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, displacing 45 people and
affecting over 100 others, the UN Office for the Coordination of
Humanitarian Affairs stated.
Twelve of the structures targeted, including five previously provided as
humanitarian assistance, were in three herding communities located in
areas designated as firing zones for military training, in the Tubas,
Nablus and Jericho governorates.
OCHA said, in its biweekly report, that so far in 2019, 617 structures
have been demolished or seized in the West Bank, displacing 898
Palestinians; these figures represent a 35 and 92 per cent increase,
respectively, compared with the equivalent period in 2018. Over 20 per
cent of all structures targeted in 2019, and some 40 per cent of all
donor-funded aid structures, were located in firing zones, which cover
about 30 per cent of Area C.
During one of the demolitions, in a firing zone east of Nablus, Israeli
forces uprooted or cut approximately 2,500 forest trees and saplings.
The trees were part of a recreational area serving some 14,000 residents
in the nearby town of Beit Furik and the Khirbet Tana herding community.
It was developed with the support of the Palestinian Ministry of
Agriculture and an international organization. This is the third such
recreational area in Area C to be destroyed in 2019.
During the same period, Israeli forces opened fire on at least 15 other
occasions, in areas adjacent to the Gaza perimeter fence, while
enforcing access restrictions; no injuries were reported. Israeli forces
carried out one incursion and land-leveling operation near the fence.
Four Palestinians, including three children, were taken into custody
near the perimeter fence between Gaza and Israel, in two separate incidents.
Israeli forces carried out a total of 154 search and arrest operations
across the West Bank and detained 146 Palestinians, including at least
17 children. The largest number of operations was in the Jerusalem
governorate (41), mainly in al-Eesawiyya neighbourhood of East
Jerusalem, followed by Ramallah (34) and Hebron (27) governorates.
WAFA reports that, on 10 December, some 80 Palestinian farmers from
three villages in the Salfit governorate lost access to their land
behind the West Bank Barrier after the Israeli authorities confiscated
their entry permits. The incident took place at the Barrier gate leading
to the farmers’ land; according to the latter, no reason was given to
them. On 5 December, farmers from these three villages petitioned the
Israeli Supreme Court against the routine failure of the authorities to
open the gate at the scheduled time.
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