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August demolition spree – Israel leaves 200 people homeless; see the images

In August we documented the demolition by the Civil Administration of 50 residential structures in various Palestinian communities in Area C of the West Bank. In an unusually large scale campaign, Israeli authorities demolished the homes of over 200 people, approximately half of whom are minors. To the thousands of Palestinians living in dozens of Area C shepherding and farming communities, most of which are not connected to the water and power grids, the humble tents and shacks that were ruined were home, and the livestock pens razed - a vital source of livelihood.

Israel’s policy of demolishing homes and sources of livelihood is unlawful, prevents the Palestinian residents of these communities from leading a normal life, and is striking in its systematic and enduring cruelty.

All the photographs below were taken by B’Tselem’s field researchers in August – a single but devastating month.

Ruins in the community of Khirbet Humsah, 11 August 2015. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.
Demolition of a structure in the village of ‘Ein al-Meyteh in the Jordan Valley, 5 August, 2015. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.
Demolition of a structure in the village of al-‘Aqabah in the Jordan Valley, 5 August 2015. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.
Ruins in the community of a-S’idi in the Ma’ale Adumim area, 17 August 2015. Photo by ‘Amer ‘Aruri, B’Tselem.
Children on ruins in al-‘Ajaj in the Jordan Valley, 11 August 2015. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.
Ruins in the community of a-S’idi in the Ma’ale Adumim area, 17 August 2015. Photo by ‘Amer ‘Aruri, B’Tselem.
A young girl rummages through her family’s belongings dumped in al-Khdeirat in the Ma’ale Adumim area, 31 August 2015. Photo by ‘Amer ‘Aruri, B’Tselem.
Residents of Fasayil, the Jordan Valley, whose home was demolished, 18 August 2015. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.
Ruins in the village of al-‘Aqabah in the Jordan Valley, 5 August 2015. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.
A boy plays among the ruins in the village of al-Khdeirat in the Ma’ale Adumim area, 31 August 2015. Photo by ‘Amer ‘Aruri, B’Tselem.
Ruins in the village of Fasayil in the Jordan Valley, 18 August 2015. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.
Khadijeh Bsharat and her daughters on the ruins of their home in Khirbet Humsah in the Jordan Valley, 27 August 2015. Photo by ‘Aref Daraghmeh, B’Tselem.


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