"Serious concern" over Israel's house demolitions in occupied West Bank

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Palestinians search the rubble of destroyed homes in Khuzaa, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. Photo: UNRWA Archives/Shareef Sarhan

The Israeli authorities' resumption of house demolitions in the occupied West Bank is of serious concern to the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory.

James Rawley said punitive demolitions are a form of collective penalty that punishes people for acts they did not commit.

His remarks came just days after two UN experts called for an immediate end to house demolitions by the Israeli Government.

Stéphane Dujarric is Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General.

“Between June 1st and November 30th, the Israeli authorities demolished or sealed five homes in this context, displacing 34 Palestinians, including 16 children. Another six families, including four in East Jerusalem and two in other parts of the West Bank, are at imminent risk of displacement.”  (15″)

Mr Rawley said punitive demolitions run counter to a range of rights and protections outlined in various international legal instruments that Israel has accepted.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  58″

 

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