OCHA: Israel demolished 49 Palestinian-owned structures in the first two weeks of November

In the first two weeks of November, the Israeli occupation authorities demolished, seized, or forced Palestinians to demolish 49 Palestinian-owned structures for lacking Israeli-issued building permits, displacing 38 people and otherwise affecting the livelihoods or access to services of almost 400 others, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory.

Among the structures demolished in Area C of the occupied West Bank, which is under full Israeli military rule, were a mosque, eight residential structures and 23 livelihood structures in 16 communities. Eight structures were demolished in East Jerusalem, including two homes demolished by their owners under pressure from the Israeli municipality of West Jerusalem, said OCHA in its biweekly Protection of Civilians report covering the period between 2 and 15 November.

During the same period, Israeli settlers injured 20 Palestinians and five Israeli volunteers, and damaged or stole the harvest from dozens of olive trees in various areas of the West Bank, such as in Khallet al-Dabaa in the Hebron district where settlers injured five Palestinians, including three with live ammunition; and set fire to a Palestinian tent and five Palestinian vehicles, including two ambulances.

Eleven other Palestinians were injured by stones when settlers raided Burin and Burqa villages in the Nablus district, and the Ras al Amoud neighborhood of East Jerusalem, where several cars were also vandalized.

Three shepherds, including two women, were physically assaulted in the Saadet Tha'lah area of Hebron. In Huwwara, south of Nablus, settlers physically assaulted another farmer while he was picking olives, injuring him, and killed three calves. Also, settlers threw stones at and injured five Israeli volunteers accompanying Palestinian olive pickers in Surif in the Hebron district.

In Burin and the al-Shuyukh area of Hebron, settlers vandalized about 120 olive trees and stole the harvest of dozens of others. In several incidents in Nablus and Hebron, settlers vandalized water wells and mobile tanks, surveillance cameras and a residential structure.

Also in this period, and on 5 November, Israeli occupation forces shot and killed a 15-year-old Palestinian boy in Deir al Hatab village in the Nablus district.

Overall, in the West Bank, said OCHA in its report, Israeli forces injured 190 Palestinians. Of those, 135 were wounded during protests against settlement activities near Beita (126) and Beit Dajan (9), in the Nablus governorate.

Israeli forces also carried out 65 search-and-arrest operations and arrested 92 Palestinians across the West Bank in the first two weeks of November, said OCHA. The highest number of operations was in Hebron, followed by Bethlehem.

Source : Safa