Forced displacement of 67 Palestinians condemned

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Forced displacement

The forced displacement of 67 Palestinian refugees in West Bank by Israeli authorities has been condemned by two United Nations agencies.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the United Nations Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in a joint statement on Sunday said that more than half of the displaced Palestinian refugees were children.

Donn Bob reports.

OCHA and UNRWA say that during last week 67 Palestinian refugees were forcibly displaced as a result of the eviction or demolition of their homes and other civilian structures.

They say that in one incident on 18 April, the Israeli authorities demolished the homes of seven refugee families in the Palestinian community of Al Khalayleh, displacing them for the third time in six months.

The following day, the agencies add, the Israeli authorities demolished and confiscated emergency tents provided by humanitarian actors in response to the demolitions.

OCHA says more than 1500 Palestinians have lost their homes as a result of demolitions and evictions since the beginning of 2011.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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