A Palestinian woman sits next to
the remains of her home after it was demolished by Israeli bulldozers in
an area south of the West Bank town of al-Khalil (Hebron) on February
2, 2016. ©AFP
Israeli troops have destroyed buildings near an industrial park north of
al-Quds (Jerusalem), in the latest demolition of Palestinian property
in the occupied territories.
Witnesses and local
residents said Israeli troops began demolishing the buildings on
Wednesday in the absence of their owners, leaving them without an
opportunity to evacuate their belongings.
On Tuesday, a Palestinian home was razed in the Silwan neighborhood further south in East al-Quds.
rights groups have documented a dramatic rise in demolitions, with more
than 40 Palestinians left homeless in al-Quds last week alone.
579 homes have been destroyed in the city over the last twelve years,
leaving 2,218 Palestinians homeless, according to the Israeli human
rights organization B’Tselem.
The demolitions have raised alarm
among diplomats and human rights groups over Tel Aviv’s sustained
violation of international law.The demolished structures include houses and schools.
Israeli razing of Palestinian homes along with its illegal settlement
expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories have dimmed hopes of
any peace in the region.
Over half a million Israelis live in
more than 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli
occupation of the West Bank, including East al-Quds. The settlements are
considered by the international community as illegal.