290 Palestinian structures demolished or seized during Q1, 2023


Published: 2023-05-03 17:09

Last Updated: 2024-07-13 21:56

290 Palestinian structures demolished or seized during Q1, 2023
290 Palestinian structures demolished or seized during Q1, 2023

During the first quarter of 2023, the Israeli Occupation authorities demolished, forced people to demolish, or seized 290 Palestinian-owned structures.

All but 19 of the structures were targeted for lacking building permits, which are nearly impossible for Palestinians to obtain.

As a result, 413 people, including 194 children, were displaced, and the livelihoods or access to services of over 11,000 others were affected, according to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The number of structures targeted in the first quarter of 2023 increased by 46 percent compared to the same period last year.

Forty-three of the targeted structures in communities located in the Israeli Occupation Forces-controlled Area C of the occupied West Bank had been provided as humanitarian aid, said OCHA.

An additional 11 donor-funded structures, including two elementary schools, received stop-work orders.

This brings the total number of donor-funded structures targeted since the beginning of 2023 to 43, which is 26 percent higher than last year.

The incident that resulted in the most demolitions occurred on Feb. 27 in the Lifjim community in Nablus, when 15 structures were brought to the ground under the pretext that they did not have the necessary permits.

These demolitions affected three households in which 17 people reside, who ended up displaced. Additionally, the livelihoods of another 14 people, including eight children, were affected as a result.

The incident that affected the largest number of people took place on Jan. 23, when the Israeli Occupation authorities sealed off an under-construction water well in Qalqilya, without prior notice.

The well would have been the sole drinking water and irrigation source for approximately 5,000 dunums of cultivated land. As a result, a total of 8,000 Palestinians from 1,300 families in three surrounding villages were affected.