UK expresses concerns over Israeli demolition of entire West Bank village

London (QNN)- The United Kingdon said on Friday that it is concerned over the Israeli demolition of an entire Bedouin village in the Jordan Valley region in the occupied West Bank.

The UK Minister for the Middle East, James Cleverly, said in a statement, “I am seriously concerned by the demolition of Humsa Al- Baqai’a, a Bedouin village in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. This act caused unnecessary suffering to many vulnerable Palestinians, including 41 children, and may impact the community’s ability to withstand Covid-19. It is also detrimental to prospects for peace.”

“2020 has seen the highest levels of demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures since 2016. I call on the Government of Israel to cease this policy, and provide Palestinians with a clear, transparent route to construction in Area C of the West Bank,” he added.

Cleverly also reiterated his country’s support of the Palestinian people and their rights.

“The UK also continues to support Palestinians to stay on their land, including through: the West Bank Protection Consortium which provides essential infrastructure for vulnerable Palestinians in Area C, and funding legal aid which helps Palestinian communities challenge eviction and demolitions decisions in the Israeli legal system,” he said.

The Israeli army on Tuesday had razed the entire village, demolishing 75 structures and displacing their residents. The operation, described as the worst in 12 years, resulted in the displacement of 85 native Palestinians, including 35 children.

(Source / 06.11.2020)

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