Israeli forces has sent demolition vehicles this week to demolish a Palestinian village, leaving some 70 civilians, including homeless children, the United Nations said.
Israeli forces has sent demolition vehicles this week to demolish a Palestinian village, leaving 70 civilians, including children, homeless, the United Nations said.
This marks the largest forced displacement that the Israeli government has carried out in years, according to the U.N.’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
“Their vulnerability is further compounded by the onset of winter and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Helle said of the Khirbet demolitions in particular, calling the actions “grave breaches” of international law.
According to the U.N., Israel intends to move the vulnerable families out of their homes.
The U.N. has added in their statement that almost 700 civilian buildings were demolished in the West Bank, along with East Jerusalem, in 2020.