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UN: Israeli demolition of Palestinian houses is ‘alarming’

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Days of Palestine, New York -United Nations has said that Israeli razing of Palestinian homes and other buildings constructed with international aid at an “alarming” rate.
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Recent UN figures showed that the Israeli occupation authorities have carried out more demolitions so far this year than in all of 2015.

The Israeli occupation has demolished 121 structures funded partly or fully by international donors in the occupied West Bank from the beginning of 2016 until March 2, surpassing the 108 from all of 2015.

Humanitarian Coordinator for the Palestinian Territories Robert Piper said: “We have already surpassed the total number of humanitarian aid items destroyed or confiscated in all of 2015, in just the first 10 weeks of 2016.”

Israeli occupation usually destroys the structures under the pretext that they are built illegally, but aid groups say obtaining necessary permits is nearly impossible.

Piper attributed the rise in the figure to several factors, including a “renewed push to advance settlement expansion plans in these areas.”

More than half a 700,000 illegal Israeli settlers live in over 120 illegal settlements built in the occupied Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.