Homes destroyed by Israelis hit record high
THE UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (Ocha) says a record number of Palestinian homes were demolished by Israeli authorities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza in 2016.
Preliminary analysis of data collected by Ocha indicates that during 2016 (until December 28) the Israeli authorities demolished or seized 1089 Palestinian-owned structures throughout the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, displacing 1 593 Palestinians and affecting the livelihoods of another 7 101.
These are the highest West Bank demolition and displacement figures since Ocha started recording them in 2009. Most structures were destroyed or seized for lack of Israeli-issued building permits.
In the Gaza Strip, 51 000 Palestinians are still displaced after losing their homes in the 2014 escalation, down from 90000 in the second half of 2015.