Israeli occupation forces have demolished and seized 42 buildings in Jerusalem and Area C in the occupied West Bank, during the past two weeks, under the pretext of lack of building permits, The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) stated Tuesday, May 23, 2023.
In its periodic report on the Israeli violations between May 2-15, OCHA said that the demolitions resulted in the displacement of 50 Palestinians, including 23 children, and damaged the livelihoods of more than 600 others.
It noted that 9 of these buildings were provided by donors as humanitarian aid, including a school.
Israeli demolition targeted 26 buildings located in Area C in the West Bank, including a school funded by donors, south of Bethlehem, the report added.
It reported that the Israeli occupation demolished the remaining 16 buildings in Jerusalem, including two demolished residential buildings in the Wadi Qaddum area in Silwan, which resulted in the displacement of seven Palestinian families containing 39 individuals, including 22 children.
OCHA explained that 7 other buildings were forcibly demolished by their owners to avoid paying fines to the Israeli occupation.
The Israeli troops also demolished a residential building in Area A in the West Bank and damaged three others during the operation that it carried out in the Old City of Nablus.