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UN: 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2011

UN: some 660 demolished houses and more than 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2012

UN: some 660 demolished houses and more than 1100 Palestinian homeless in 2012

London, January, 2012

The Israeli demolition of the Palestinian houses and other buildings in 2011 has resulted in displacing more than 1100 citizens, UN report said Saturday morning.

UN demanded a direct halt of such activities of the Israeli occupation and asked it to bear the responsibility of protecting the Palestinian citizens.

“Israel as the Occupying Power has a fundamental responsibility to protect the Palestinian civilian population under its control and to ensure their dignity and well‐being,” Maxwell Gaylard, the UN humanitarian coordinator in the occupied Palestine, said.

“The current policy and practice of demolitions cause extensive human suffering and should end,” Mr Gaylard added.
He also criticised the policy of destroying the Palestinian homes and their livelihood and said that increases their misery. He confirmed that all those actions are not acceptable.

“The wholesale destruction of their homes and livelihoods is not consistent with that responsibility and humanitarian ideals. The current policy and practice of demolitions cause extensive human suffering and should end,” he said.

The report mentioned: “For the year 2011, some 622 homes and livelihood structures belonging to Palestinian families were similarly destroyed, forcibly displacing almost 1,100 people, over half of them children, and compromising the livelihoods of several thousand more.”

Mr Gaylard noted that these figures represent a dramatic increase compared with previous years, and that a much greater number, in the tens of thousands, remain under threat of dispossession, demolition and displacement.

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US organization: 1.5m Israeli landmines in Palestine

Tens of thousands of landmines spread along the Palestinian lands

Tens of thousands of landmines spread along the Palestinian lands

London, January 7, 2012

A local Palestinian official confirmed that the Israelis have been refusing to clear a landmine field in Hosan, to the west of Bethlehem, for years ago.

A report of an American organisation confirmed the existence of tens of thousands of landmines in different areas of the Palestinian lands.

Jamal Sbatin, the head of Husan Municipal Council, told Quds Press news agency that an international campaign has decided to clear the mines which were planted in 1950 in Husan.

Mr Sbatin confirmed that the Israelis refused to leave out the mines which resulted so far of the death of six Palestinians and wounding 16 others.

According to Mr Sbatin, an American organisation called, The Roots of Peace, has recognised a plan to leave the mines out. However, the organisation’s convoy who had visited the area said that they will be unable to carry out their plan without the Israeli consent.

Husan is a Palestinian border area which lies between the occupied Palestine and Jordan.