An advocacy group says than 800 Palestinians have been left homeless by Israeli demolitions so far this year, after the single largest Israeli demolition displaced dozens in the occupied West Bank.
According to a Wednesday statement by B’Tselem, this is the highest number since 2016, when nearly 1,500 Palestinians were left with nowhere to live.
The statement came a day after Israeli military destroyed the homes of nearly 80 Palestinian Bedouins in the occupied West Bank in a rare operation targeting an entire community at once.
Israeli bulldozers razed the homes of Palestinians living in the Humsa al-Bqai’a Bedouin community in the north Jordan Valley late on Tuesday.
Israel uses US election to cover up demolitions
Reacting to the move, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh called on the international community to take action against Israeli troops’ attempt to “displace the citizens of Khirbet Humsa and tens of similar communities from their homes and lands.”
He said Israel “chose this evening to commit another crime” as the attention is focused on the United States presidential election.
A human rights group says a recent Israeli demolition operation, which displaced dozens of Palestinian inhabitants in the occupied West Bank, amounts to “an ethnic cleansing.”
“The operation was conducted under the Israeli annexation and settlement-expansion schemes, which can only be described as an act of ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinian population,” the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) said in a report on Thursday.
Late on Tuesday, the Israeli regime’s bulldozers, heavily guarded by soldiers, razed to the ground a Bedouin village in the vicinity of Tubas in the Jordan Valley, leaving homeless dozens of inhabitants of the village, half of whom were children.
The bulldozers proceeded to demolish 70 civilian properties, including storerooms and residential tents that sheltered 11 families composed of 60 persons, mostly children, PCHR said.
Some sources earlier said that the Israeli demolition of the village displaced 73 villagers, including 41 children.
According to the report, the tented homes, animal shelters, latrines, and solar panels were among the structures that had been razed in the area.
The demolitions were preceded by the confiscation of several Palestinian vehicles and other possessions. The Israeli soldiers also raided Palestinian homes in the area and confiscated money and precious items from local residents.
On Wednesday, the displaced families were seen trying to salvage their belongings from the wreckage in the freezing rain.