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Israel demolished or seized 59 Palestinian-owned structures in two weeks

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- 59 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished or seized by the Israeli occupation, displacing 81 people and otherwise affecting approximately 1,300 others.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory said in its two-week period report covering between 29 June – 12 July 2021 that these included 30 structures demolished in Humsa – Al Bqai’a (Jordan Valley), a mobile clinic confiscated in Umm Qussa community (Hebron), and an under-construction school demolished in Shu’fat (East Jerusalem).

On 2 July 2021, Israeli settlers, under Israeli police escort, moved into an empty building in the Wadi Hilweh area of Silwan neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. This is the second settlement compound established inside Palestinian communities in East Jerusalem, both in Silwan, since the beginning of the year.

On 8 July, Israeli forces in Turmus’ayya village (Ramallah) demolished, on punitive grounds, a house belonging to the family of a Palestinian, US citizen.

On 14 July, Israeli forces confiscated at least 49 structures in the Palestinian community of Ras al Tin, displacing 84 people, including 53 children.

On 15 July, Israeli forces in Humsa – Al Bqai’a confiscated a recently installed structure used to accommodate a family of eight, including six children, who had lost their previous home in last week’s incident.

OCHA said that since the start of 2021, 556 Palestinians have been displaced due to Israel’s demolitions, as 2021
474 Palestinian-owned structures were demolished.

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