House demolitions in the West Bank resume after suspension

08 September 2011

8 September 2011

Facing an uncertain future: home demolitions resume in the West Bank

The Israeli authorities have resumed home demolitions in the West Bank after a month-long suspension.

In the early hours of 8 September five residential structures in the Um al Khayr Bedouin community near Hebron in the southern West Bank were demolished, displacing 20 people and severely affecting the 145-strong community.

A two-year-old boy, abandoned accidentally as the bulldozers moved in, was severely traumatised.

Young Bedouin girl surveys her demolished home at Um al Khayr 8.9.2011
On the same day demolitions also reportedly resumed at An Nassariya Village north east of Nablus in the northern West Bank where three water cisterns were destroyed; and in the community of As Samu, south of Hebron, in the southern West Bank, where the Israeli authorities reportedly demolished electrical infrastructure.

More than 700 people have been displaced in the West Bank this year alone, surpassing the entire number displaced during all of last year (594 people).



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