Ramallah, ALRAY - The Israeli occupation authorities demolished, seized or delivered demolition notices against 149 Palestinian structures in January, a human rights group has said.
Human Rights and Democracy Media Centre (SHAMS) has recorded 98 demolitions of Palestinian property, including five self-demolished by their owners after being forced to do so by the Israeli occupation authorities, over the past month.
In a report issued Tuesday, the NGO group explained that the Israeli occupation army delivered demolition or stop-work orders against 49 Palestinian structures, including homes, agricultural facilities, and water wells.
Israeli occupation forces delivered a demolition notice against a residential room and seized a tent and a mobile home in Beit Jala under the pretext of being built without hard-to-obtain permits.
Jerusalem has seen the highest number of demolitions, where the Israeli occupation authorities knocked down 37 Palestinian structures, followed by Hebron, with 16 structures razed over the past month, according to the rights organisation.
The rights group explained that 118 Palestinian citizens, including 36 children and five women, have been affected by the demolitions carried out by the Israeli occupation army in January.
The Israeli occupation uses the home demolition policy as collective punishment, prohibited by international law, against the Palestinian people to undermine and suppress any form of resistance to the occupation.