Israeli occupation razed 178 Palestinian structures in 2021, UN report says

Israeli occupation threatened to destroy or expropriate any new structure built or donated to the Palestinians displaced after their homes had been demolished.

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Israeli occupation has demolished or expropriated at least 178 Palestinian properties in occupied Palestinian West Bank since start of this year, UN report has found.

In its report, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) explained that Israeli demolition and confiscation campaigns have led to displacement of 259 Palestinian citizens, including nearly 140 children.

The Israeli occupation army has recently made nine families, including 35 children, homeless after knocking down their properties in Humsa al-Buqaia hamlet in the northern Jordan Valley, the report pointed out.

These families, the report continued, are facing a growing risk of forced displacement amid harsh health conditions resulted of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Israeli occupation forces, escorted by a number of bulldozers, returned to the Bedouin community on 8 February and razed or confiscated 16 residential structures and a cattle barn, the report added.

Meanwhile, the Israeli occupation authorities threatened to destroy or expropriate any new structure built or donated in the hamlet.

According to the report, 13 of these structures were provided by donors as humanitarian aid after the Israeli occupation army demolished 46 structures in the hamlet on February 1 and 3.

Source : UNOCHA