European Union delegations express concern over the demolitions of Palestinian buildings

The European Union missions in Jerusalem and Ramallah expressed concern about the Israeli authorities continuing to carry out demolitions of Palestinian buildings in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 2020.

The European Union broadcasts indicated in a statement issued by the European Union on Thursday that the demolitions, including the demolition of facilities funded by the European Union and its member states, have led to the displacement of Palestinians and negatively affected Palestinian societies.

The statement said: "While the missions welcomed the Palestinian-Israeli cooperation to combat the Covid-19 pandemic, I followed with concern the continuation of demolitions since the outbreak of the epidemic in early March, and the demolitions continued during the holy month of Ramadan, which witnessed a three-fold increase in The number of buildings destroyed compared to last year. "

European missions stressed that, under international humanitarian law, the occupying power has a responsibility to ensure and maintain health and hygiene in the occupied territory, in addition to the need to take appropriate measures to combat the spread of infectious diseases and epidemics.

 

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