UN official: Israel razed record number of Palestinian homes in March

[ 04/04/2011 – 09:23 AM ]

RAMALLAH, (PIC)– UNRWA spokesman Christopher Gunness has said that Israel destroyed a record number of Palestinian homes in the West Bank over the past month of March.

Gunness said on Sunday, quoting UNRWA reports, that Israel demolished 76 houses and buildings in March compared to 29 in January and 70 in February.

He noted that the number of people displaced as a result was also a record number, explaining that 158 people were displaced including 64 children while in February 105 were rendered homeless including 43 children and in January 70 were without shelter including 47 children.

The UNRWA official described the demolitions as a kind of “discrimination”, pointing to Israel’s continued settlement building in the West Bank, which he said hindered the establishment of a Palestinian state.

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