Aid agencies concerned over Palestinian Bedouin forced relocation

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Father and son standing with their belongings following demolitions in the West Bank. Photo: UNRWA

Aid agencies in the occupied Palestinian territory have voiced concern over pressure being placed by Israeli authorities on Palestinian Bedouin communities to relocate.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, or OCHA said the forced relocation comes on the heels of a wave of demolitions of Bedouin residences.

Since the beginning of the year, more than 300 structures owned by Palestinians have been demolished in the West Bank, displacing more than 600 people.

Humanitarian organizations continue to provide emergency assistance, including temporary shelters, but those shelters have also been seized.

The organizations are calling for a halt in demolitions until a fair, planning and zoning regime is in place.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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