OCHA: 2011 sees more West Bank demolitions than last two years combined

[ 23/07/2011 – 03:45 PM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– A report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) released Friday revealed an alarming increase in the number of home demolitions this year in Area C of the occupied West Bank.

It documents that the total number of Palestinian structures destroyed by the Israeli occupation authorities so far in 2011 are more than that of those destroyed in 2009 and 2010 in Area C, where Israel has taken full civil and security control, except over Palestinian civilians, according to the Oslo Accords.

The report also emphasizes that demolitions have driven out already poor Bedouin communities from Area C ”who live in basic structures, with no infrastructure and very limited access to services”.

Thousands of Palestinians in Khan al-Ahmar village near Jerusalem are at risk of displacement due to the rising number of collective demolitions tracked against Bedouin structures near the Jewish settlement of Maale Adomim, which has been approved to be expanded, the document points out.

Last week, at least 250 military orders were issued to demolish structures in the vicinity of Bedouin communities under Israeli security and administrative control near Jerusalem, it says.

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