WorldPalestine: demolition of Hamsa al-Fawqa village a 'war crime'

Palestine: demolition of Hamsa al-Fawqa village a ‘war crime’


AA / Palestine

Palestine on Wednesday called a “war crime” the Israeli army’s demolition, for the fifth time in a year, of the village of Hamsa al-Fawqa in the northern West Bank.

This was denounced in a statement from the Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates, of which the Anadolu Agency has received a copy, and which condemns “in the strongest terms” the demolition of the village located in the northern West Bank.

He added that the demolition of the houses of Hamsa al-Fawqa in the north of the Jordan Valley ” for the fifth time in a year, and their seizure, is a war crime and a crime against humanity in the eyes of of international law ”.

“These measures are part of the ongoing annexation of the occupied West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, and a further Israeli turnaround against the agreements signed between the two sides,” the statement said.

The Israeli occupation army on Wednesday demolished Palestinian homes in the village of Hamsa al-Fawqa.

The houses in the village were the target of the largest demolition operation in November 2020, when the Israeli authorities carried out the total destruction of the houses.

Hamsa al-Fawqa is one of 38 Bedouin villages located partially or totally within a field declared by Israel as a military firing site.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Israeli army demolished 403 Palestinian buildings since the beginning of this year and until June 28, of which 346 in Area C and 57 in East Jerusalem.

Israel regularly demolishes Palestinian homes in Area C, which constitutes 61% of the area of ​​the West Bank, it is completely controlled by Israel, administratively and security, which requires the agreement of the authorities of Tel- Aviv for any project or measure of the Palestinian Authority.

The Oslo Agreement (1995) between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel classified the West Bank territories into 3 zones, zone A under Palestinian control, zone B under Israeli security control and Palestinian civil and administrative control. , while Area C, which constitutes about 60% of the area of ​​the West Bank, is under Israeli civil, security, and administrative control.

* Translated from Arabic by Hajer Cherni

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