Days of Palestine – West Bank
On Wednesday, the Israeli occupation army bulldozed swaths of land and demolished walls, gardens, mobile homes, and a commercial facility in different areas of the West Bank.
According to local sources, the Israeli army’s civil administration bulldozed a swath of land belonging to Othman Hassunah in Hebron City.
The civil administration also razed fences, walls, gardens, basins, and mobile homes in the Dahr al-Hawa area in northern al-Khalil at the pretext that they are located in Area C of the West Bank.
In Bethlehem, the civil administration bulldozed a swath of land in Zaatari town belonging to Mohamed at-Taweel.
In Jenin, the Israeli occupation army demolished a commercial facility at the eastern entrance to Ya’bad town at the pretext of unlicensed construction.
In the first quarter of 2021, the Israeli authorities demolished, forced people to destroy, or seized at least 292 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, displacing 450 people, including 246 children.
This constitutes a 121 percent increase in structure targeting and a 126 percent increase in people displaced, compared with the same period in 2020 (132 and 201, respectively).
Also, the monthly average of structures targeted in 2021 constitutes a 37 percent increase compared with the monthly average in all of 2020.
Forty-two of the structures targeted in March were located in Area C, 24 (or 57 percent) in areas designated by the Israeli authorities as closed military zones for training or ‘firing zones’.
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More than half of the targeted structures (23) were located in Bedouin and herding communities, including ten facilities provided as humanitarian aid.
These communities are some of the most vulnerable in the West Bank, with limited access to education and health services and water, sanitation, and electricity infrastructure.