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UN: demolition of Palestinian homes increased by 40%

Aug 06 2016

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Decrease font Days of Palestine, West Bank -Israeli occupation demolition of Palestinian homes has increased by 40 per cent, UN report issued early this week reported. The report, which was issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that a high concentration of bulldozing took place in the Jerusalem area. In the last week of July OCHA recorded 20 demolitions in Qalandia village in East Jerusalem, 15 of which were carried out on July 26. “This brings the number of Palestinian-owned structures demolished in East Jerusalem since the beginning of 2016 to 114, an over 40 per cent increase compared to the entire 2015 (80),” said OCHA. It added: “The largest [demolition] incident took place on 26 July in a section of Qalandia village that falls within the Israeli-declared municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, but is separated from the rest of the city by the Barrier.” B’Tselem, Israeli rights group, report found from January to the end of June of 2016, Israeli forces razed 168 Palestinian units in the West Bank and Jerusalem, which left 740 homeless, nearly 250 more than the previous year, when 125 houses were bulldozed. The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov said in February, demolitions this year are “three times the weekly average for 2015. These actions run directly counter to the idea of peace.”

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