Recent IOF demolitions in Ras al-Tin and Humsa al-Bqai’a displaced some 100 people, including 60 children

Recent IOF demolitions in Ras al-Tin and Humsa al-Bqai’a displaced some 100 people, including 60 children
Children from Ras al-Tin

Gaza post – On 14 July, Israeli forces demolished at least 49 structures in the herding community of Ras al-Tin, near Ramallah, displacing 84 Palestinians, including 53 children and 14 women, and an additional eight people, including six children, were displaced on 15 July when Israeli forces demolished at least 49 structures in the herding community of Ras al-Tin, near Ramallah.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the occupied Palestinian territories, Israeli occupation troops destroyed and confiscated their home structure in Humsa al-Bqai’a in the northern Jordan Valley.

13 Palestinian families have been displaced in Ras al-Tin, a Bedouin community that relies on herding. They have remained in the village, but are now at risk of being forcibly removed, according to OCHA.

The buildings included homes, animal shelters and solar power systems. Other items, including water tanks, tractors with trailers and animal fodder were also confiscated by the Israeli forces, with some being reportedly heavily damaged in the process. According to the community members, Israeli officials ordered the community, which is in Area C of the West Bank that falls under full Israeli military control, to move to Area B, which is administered by the Palestinian Authority but under Israeli security control.

The demolished structure had been erected outside the Israeli-declared ‘fire zone’ in Humsa al-Bqai’a, another herding village, to house a family of eight, including six children, who had lost their previous home in last week’s wholesale demolition inside the ‘firing zone.’

So far in 2021, Israeli forces have demolished, seized, or coerced people to demolish at least 474 Palestinian-owned structures across the West Bank, including 150 donor-funded structures, displacing 656 people, including 359 children.

This represents a 32 percent increase in number of structures demolished or seized, over 145 percent increase in donor-funded structures, and a near 70 percent increase in the number of people displaced, with a near 75 per cent increase in children, compared with the equivalent period in 2020.

The Palestinian community of Ras al-Tin, which is located in Area C of the Ramallah governorate, is reported to have existed for decades. While their winter location is in an Israeli-declared “fire zone,” where residency and civilian access are officially prohibited, their present summer location, where the confiscation took place, is in an Israeli-declared “firing zone.”

Two homes and two sheep shelters in Ras al-Tin were razed by Israeli forces in 2015, displacing two families of 11 individuals, including seven children, and impacting the livelihood of others. In September 2020, Israeli authorities removed twice a ceiling for the community’s lone school, which had been under construction for a month, and confiscated tables, chairs, and buildings.

(Source / 21.07.2021)

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