Barrier in occupied Palestinian territory having 'devastating impact' says UN relief chief

Palestine question

Palestine question

Civilians on both sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict are bearing the brunt of the violence in the region, according to the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Valerie Amos.

Ms Amos has just spent four days in the region, visiting areas of the occupied Palestinian territory, and Israel. She was not able to visit Gaza.

She said she recognised Israel's concerns about security, but said she was 'deeply disturbed' by the impact of the 700 kilometre barrier in the Jerusalem governorate.

And she's called for Israel to suspend the forced eviction and displacement of civilians, which she says is illegal under international law:

"Palestinians are frustrated by the effects of planning and zoning policies on their lives. They cannot move around freely, their homes are regularly demolished, and they cannot develop their communities. In my meeting with the Israeli defence minister I raised my concerns about the impact of Israeli policies, and the need for the government of Israel to suspend the forced eviction and displacement of civilians."

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