Israel continues seizing EU aids despite criticism

Israeli occupation demolished or confiscated 866 structures in Area C in 2016, EU says

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In a statement, the EU criticised the Israeli demolition of Palestinian structures and confiscation of solar panels mainly provided as humanitarian aid by member states

Israeli occupation continues seizing EU humanitarian aids provided for Palestinians residents of Area C of occupied West Bank.

Two days after Israeli forces had seized a caravan used as a clinic in Al-Markaz in Masafer Yatta, they notified the Palestinians that they would confiscate the medical clinic caravan, which was provided by the Italian Cooperation.

Rateb Jbour, coordinator of the anti-settlement committee in Al-Khalil, said that Israeli forces informed residents about their intention to seize the medical clinic caravan inaugurated only few days ago, as well as solar panels used to generate power in an area where there is no power lines.

The forces also said they would demolish water well dug in the area to benefit residents and seize a water tanker and a privately-owned car.

In a statement, the EU criticised the Israeli demolition of Palestinian structures and confiscation of solar panels mainly provided as humanitarian aid by member states.

The statement noted that the Israeli occupation had either demolished or confiscated 866 structures in Area C during 2016 worth over half a million euros affecting 5,704 Palestinians, of whom 1,221 have been rendered homeless including 586 children.

At the same time, the statement called for the Israel “to halt demolitions of Palestinian houses and property, in accordance with its obligations as an occupying power under international humanitarian law, and to cease the policy of settlement construction and expansion, of designating land for exclusive Israeli use and of denying Palestinian development.”

(Source / 15.12.2016)

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