OCHA: 40% Increase of demolished homes in O. Jerusalem


The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) issued a report on Friday showing a 40% increase of the demolished homes, 140 houses, in Occupied Jerusalem compared to year 2015.

The report demonstrates that twenty Palestinian-owned structures were demolished in East Jerusalem due to the lack of Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 17 people and otherwise affecting another 221. The largest 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; only one of the 15 structures demolished in this incident was inhabited.

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).

No demolitions were recorded during the week in Area C, however, the Israeli authorities issued multiple demolition and stop-work orders for lack of building permits, which are near impossible to obtain.

Six of the targeted structures, including two water wells and one agricultural road, were funded by international donors in Qusra village (Nablus). In the same community, three plots of land that have recently been rehabilitated and cultivated received eviction orders, claiming the land is designated as “state land”.

The report points out that Israeli troops killed 60 Palestinians including 16 children and conducted 100 search operations whereby dozens of Palestinians have been arrested since the beginning of 2016. Israeli settlers threw empty glass bottles at a Palestinian-plated vehicle near Ariel settlement (Salfit), injuring a 20-year-old youth.

Israeli soldiers injured 67 Palestinians including 14 children in the Palestinian cities whereas two injuries took place near the security fence in the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers unleashed their gun fire at Palestinian farmers and fishermen and arrested eight of them after confiscating their fishing boats.

The Egyptian-controlled Rafah Crossing remained closed in both directions. Since the beginning of 2016, the crossing has been partially opened for 14 days. Over 30,000 people are registered and waiting to cross, according to the Palestinian authorities in Gaza.

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