UNRWA Condemns New Israeli Demolitions in West Bank

12 residential structures were demolished by Israel. (Photo: via UNRWA.org)

The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has condemned new Israeli demolitions of Palestinian structures in the Occupied West Bank.

Chris Gunness, URNWA spokesperson said, “The Israeli authorities have carried out a large scale demolition in the Bedouin refugee community at Anata in the occupied West Bank”.

He added, “Seven residential structures, four animal shelters and four toilet units, were destroyed of which three were funded by an international NGO. As a result seven UNRWA registered refugee families with a total forty-three individuals, including twenty-five children, were displaced.”

“Among them were a 4- year-old male head of household suffering from Parkinson’s disease, a 48-year-old male head of household with a physical disability rendering him unable to walk. Also among the displaced was an 85-year-old woman as well as a woman 7 months into her pregnancy.”

Gunness added: “It is heartbreaking to see such shocking disregard for international law and the impact it is having on an entire UN protected community.”

He further stated: “While condemning this disregard for international law, we would respectfully remind Israel, the occupying power, that under the Fourth Geneva Convention, it has an obligation to respect family rights including the dwellings of the protected population – not destroy them.”


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