Israel urged to stop demolition of Palestinian homes

Israeli authorities have been urged by the United Nations to stop illegally demolishing Palestinian homes in the West Bank.

Demolition of Palestinian homes

The call comes amidst reports that Israeli authorities are about to demolish two apartment buildings in East Jerusalem.

Derrick Mbatha reports.

The demolition of two apartment buildings in Beit Hanina, East Jerusalem will leave 15 Palestinian families, around 150 people, homeless.

The United Nations independent expert on the occupied Palestinian territories, Richard Falk, said the families were given only 10 days to vacate their homes.

He added that Israeli authorities often justify the demolition of Palestinian homes on the grounds that the owners don’t have building permits which are next to impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

Since the beginning of 2011, Israeli authorities have reportedly demolished 96 Palestinian homes throughout the West Bank.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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