Days of Palestine

Thursday, June 1

UN Report: Israeli occupation forces demolished 9,000 Palestinian buildings since 2009

M.Y | DOP -

The United Nations said yesterday that the Israeli occupation authorities have demolished close to 9,000 Palestinian-owned structures and displaced thousands of Palestinians since 2009.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) offered the grim data in a report, which said the demolitions have displaced some 13,000 Palestinians and inflicted losses on around 152,000 others.

The report said that during the reporting period, 1,559 Palestinian houses were demolished whether by the Israeli occupation authorities or self-demolished by their owners to avoid paying heavy fines.

It added that the demolition orders were issued against Palestinian-owned structures under the pretext of construction without permit.

In order to try to rationalize demolition of the Palestinian structures, the report said, the Israeli regime has been accusing their owners of lacking construction permit, obtaining which is next to impossible.