Homes de­stroyed by Is­raelis hit record high

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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 1 089 Pales­tinian-owned structures through­out the West Bank, in­clud­ing East Jerusalem, dis­plac­ing 1593 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. – ANA

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