Israeli occupation have demolished 35 Palestinian structures since start of 2020

During the past two weeks alone, Israeli occupation demolished 19 homes in occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, displacing 22 people and affecting 130 others.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), so far in 2020, Israeli occupation have demolished 35 Palestinian structures in West Bank and Jerusalem.

In three separate incidents in Jabal al Mukabbir neighbourhood of Jerusalem, three Palestinian families were forced to demolish their homes, displacing three households, comprising of 12 people.

Another five of the targeted homes were in the communities of Bir Onah and Al Walaja village, both lying within the Israeli-declared Jerusalem municipal border, but separated from the rest of east Jerusalem by the Segregation Barrier.

Additionally, a residential structure was demolished in Beit Hanina, displacing one family of four, including two children.

On 19 January, an extended Palestinian refugee family, consists of three households, was at heightened risk of forced eviction from its three-apartment home in Silwan neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem.

That was following an Israeli court ruling in favour of a settler organisation claiming ownership over the land.

Over 80 Palestinian families in this area have pending eviction cases filed against them by the same settler organisation.

During the same period, eight settler attacks resulted in nine Palestinian injuries and property damage and one international injury.

In Madama village, near Nablus, a group of around 30 Israeli settlers, reportedly from Yitzhar settlement, attacked and threw stones at a house, injuring a pregnant Palestinian woman and causing damage to the house.

In another incident, on Road 60 near Al Khalil, a Palestinian man and a family of seven, including five children and one woman, were injured when Israeli settlers threw stones at their vehicles.

In the Gaza Strip, Palestinian farmers reported that on January 14 and 15, Israeli aircrafts sprayed herbicides on Palestinian agricultural land near the fence, for the first time since 2018.

(Source: Palestine Post 24)


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