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    The UN humanitarian aid coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory demanded on Wednesday that Israeli authorities stop destroying Palestinian homes.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The UN humanitarian aid coordinator for the occupied Palestinian territory demanded on Wednesday that Israeli authorities stop destroying Palestinian homes and donor-funded construction materials, according to a statement issued by the the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

    Israeli authorities confiscated humanitarian aid and destroyed seven Palestinian homes on Monday, leaving 49 people without shelter. Among them were 22 children, the statement read.

    "Despite the obligation on Israel under international law to facilitate rapid and unimpeded passage of relief to those who need it, humanitarian relief to vulnerable communities like Jabal al Baba is increasingly under attack," Robert Piper said as quoted in the statement.

    Jabal al Baba is located to the east of Jerusalem. It lies in an area earmarked by Israeli authorities for the expansion of the illegal Maale Adumim settlement.

    Piper said that destroyed materials were part of an aid package that was provided by the UN’s Humanitarian Pooled Fund to vulnerable Palestinian Bedouin families.

    The Israeli construction project in the disputed West Bank has led to the destruction and confiscation of some 600 buildings in 2016 alone, displacing over 900 people. For years, Israel has been building settlements on the occupied territories, ignoring objection from the United Nations.


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