The occupied Israeli forces of the West Bank leveled a Palestinian village, leaving 73 people – including 41 children – homeless, in the largest forced relocation in years, according to the United Nations. National.
The excavators escorted by the videotaped military vehicles were approaching Khirbet Humsa and proceeding to level or demolish tents, shelters, animal shelters, toilets and solar panels.
“These are some of the most vulnerable communities in the West Bank,”; said Yvonne Helle, UN humanitarian coordinator. to the occupied Palestinian territory.
Three-quarters of the community lost shelters during the operation Tuesday, making it the largest displacement incident in more than four years, she said. However, with the number of structures destroyed of 76, the raid was the biggest in the past decade, she added.
On Wednesday families in the village were seen blowing their belongings in the wind, with some of the first rains of the year coming the same day. The United Nations has published a photo of a bed and crib in the vast desert.
The village is one of the Bedouin and shepherd communities in the Jordan Valley region, located in the “shooting zone” declared by the Israeli military, and although within the Palestinian Territory, the inhabitants there are often faced with demolition of a building without Israeli permission.
“The Palestinians are almost never able to get such permits,” Helle said. “Demolition is an important means of creating an environment to force Palestinians to leave their homes,” she said, accusing Israel of “serious violation” of international law.
Nearly 700 structures were demolished across the West Bank and East Jerusalem by 2020, more than any year since 2016, leaving 869 Palestinians homeless, she said.
Israel’s Civil Administration, which was tasked with administering the occupation, said it carried out a “coercive operation … against seven illegally built tents and eight barns, in one” the shooting range is in the Jordan Valley ”.
These numbers contradict a UN statement and an on-site report by a prominent Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, which says the forces destroyed 18 tents and tents containing 11 families, 29 tents and shacks are used for cattle sheds, 3 sheds, 9 kitchens, 10 portable toilets, 10 livestock stables, 23 water tanks, two solar panels, food troughs and watering for pet.
The Israeli force also destroyed more than 30 tons of animal feed and confiscated a vehicle and two tractors from three residents, the group added.
“As part of the Palestinian effort to occupy more and more land, Israel routinely demolishes the homes and property of Palestinians,” B’Tselem spokesman Amit Gilutz said.
“But eradicating an entire community at once is extremely rare and it seems Israel is capitalizing on the fact that everyone’s attention is now gathered elsewhere to move forward with this inhumane act. , ”He said of the US election.
Israel captured the West Bank from the Jordanians in 1967 and continued to control and occupy the area, even though the Palestinians limited autonomy over small lands.
The country’s tough-line prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said he intended to annex vast swaths of occupied Palestinians, including the Jordan Valley, although the plan was temporarily defended. “suspension” as part of an agreement with the United Arab Emirates.