Israel demolishes 2 homes in Jerusalem 31Jan12 January 31, 2012

Ma’an News Agency  -  30 January 2012

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces demolished two buildings in East Jerusalem on Monday, the PA news agency reported.

Municipal officials tore down a residential caravan in Beit Hanina and a 30-square meter room in a home in neighboring Shufat, official news site Wafa said.

The demolition in Beit Hanina displaced a Palestinian family, and sparked clashes between locals and police, the report said.

The UN humanitarian coordinator for Palestine urged Israel to halt demolitions of Palestinian homes on Friday. Demolitions in 2011 “forcibly displaced almost 1,100 people, over half of them children, and compromising the livelihoods of several thousand more,” he said.

“Israel as the Occupying Power has a fundamental responsibility to protect the Palestinian civilian population under its control and to ensure their dignity and well-being… The wholesale destruction of their homes and livelihoods is not consistent with that responsibility and humanitarian ideals,” the UN official added.

Israel has occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem since 1967.

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