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UN Says Israeli Demolitions of Palestinian Homes at Record High

United Nations, December 30 (RHC)-- The United Nations says Israel's demolition campaign against Palestinian homes and structures across the West Bank and East Jerusalem reached the most unprecedented level in the past seven years, noting that the Israeli regime has also stepped up restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the occupied territories. 

Israeli authorities demolished or seized 1,089 Palestinian-owned structures since the start of the current year up until December 28.  The demolitions left some 1,593 Palestinians homeless and affected the lives of another 7,101, according to a Thursday report by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). 

The UN body further announced that the "vast majority" of the Palestinian structures were destroyed or seized because the Israeli policies made it virtually impossible for Palestinians to obtain building permits. 

Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures have raised alarm among diplomats and human rights groups over what they regard as the Tel Aviv regime's continued violation of international law. 

The OCHA report also pointed to Israel's restrictions on Palestinian movement between the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, noting that the Israeli military obstacles across the West Bank rose by five percent this year compared to the preceding year. 

There were 472 barriers in the West Bank, including 44 permanently staffed checkpoints, 52 partially staffed checkpoints, 180 earth mounds, 72 roadblocks and 124 road gates between January and October 2016, the UN body said. 

Edited by Pavel Jacomino
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