OCHA: Israel demolished 26 Palestinian buildings in two weeks

The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OCHA) said that the Israeli occupation authorities demolished and confiscated 26 Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank during the past two weeks, claiming that they lacked building permits.

In a report released Friday entitled "Civilian Protection", which covers between 16-29 March, the office stated that the demolitions resulted in the displacement of 34 people, including 15 children, and caused damage to about 40 others.

The report indicated that a 45-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead by Israeli forces during one of the weekly protests near the village of Beit Dajan near the city of Nablus, bringing the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank to 3 since the beginning of this year.

It mentions that 10 people were injured in the protests, which are still erupting near Beit Dajan for 6 months, against the establishment of a new settlement outpost on the lands of the village.

The report stated that 53 Palestinians were wounded during this period, during clashes with Israeli forces in various parts of the West Bank.

The Israeli forces carried out 128 searches and arrest operations and arrested 115 Palestinians in various parts of the West Bank, and Ramallah governorate recorded the highest number of these operations with the arrest of 27 of its residents, followed by Tulkarm governorates with 21 detainees, and Hebron with 18 detainees.

The Israeli occupation forces also arrested 21 Palestinians from the town of Beit Kahil in Hebron.

Israeli settlers attacked two Palestinians, causing injuries among them, and damaging several hundred trees.

In the Gaza Strip, the report indicated that Israeli forces fired warning shots on at least 17 occasions, near the border fence or off the coast of Gaza, claiming to impose restrictions on access.

On two other occasions, Israeli forces bulldozed land near the fence, while Israeli airstrikes targeted locations in Gaza, causing damage.