The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Palestinian Territories “OCHA” stated on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, that the Israeli occupation demolished and confiscated 44 Palestinian-owned buildings in Jerusalem and the West Bank, during the past two weeks, under the pretext of “lack of building permits.”
In a periodic report that monitors the violations of the occupation between August 30 and September 12, the office stated that the demolitions resulted in the displacement of 29 Palestinians, including 10 children, and damage to the livelihoods of about 140 others.
It added that “about 35 buildings are located in Area C in the West Bank, 19 of which were confiscated without warning, which prevented the Palestinian owners from being able to object in advance.
The report pointed out that nine other buildings were demolished in Jerusalem, including five whose owners had to self-demolish them after demolition orders were issued, to avoid paying fines.
The report indicated that, on September 6, the occupation demolished an uninhabited apartment in a multi-storey building in Jenin for “punitive reasons”, owned by the family of the martyr Raad Hazem.
It pointed out that two other houses were damaged, as a result of the bombing of the house of the martyr Hazem, which affected two Palestinian families consisting of 12 people, including eight children.
Since the beginning of 2022, 11 homes have been demolished on a “punitive basis”, compared to three demolished over the course of 2021 and seven in 2020.
The OCHA report considered the Israeli punitive demolitions a form of collective punishment, which is legally illegal under international law.”
It stated that the occupation forces shot and killed seven Palestinian citizens in the West Bank, during the past two weeks, and wounded about 315 Palestinians, including at least 37 children.
It added that Israeli settler attacks resulted in the injury of about 21 Palestinians, and damage to Palestinian property in 27 different cases.
The report explained that the occupation forces uprooted or destroyed 126 trees owned by Palestinians near the Israeli settlements in Salfit, Nablus, and Ramallah.
In the Gaza Strip, the occupation forces fired warning shots on at least 42 occasions near the Israeli border fence or off the coast, under the pretext of imposing access restrictions.