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UN: 130 Palestinians displaced by Israeli house demolitions in two days

Oct. 30, 2008 12:57 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 30, 2008 12:57 P.M.)
Bethelehem - Ma'an - Israeli military bulldozers destroyed houses in two West Bank communities on Wednesday and Thursday, leaving approximately 130 Palestinians homeless, United Nations (UN) sources told Ma'an.

In the village of Umm Al-Kher, south of the city of Hebron, Israeli bulldozers, accompanied by some 60 soldiers destroyed Palestinian homes near the Karmel settlement. Workers employed by the Israeli military removed the furniture from the structures before the demolitions. As a result, 95 people were left homeless, including a woman who had recently given birth.

The UN sources added that the Red Cross and UNRWA (the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees) have provided the Palestinians in Umm Al-Kher with tents and other forms of assistance.

On Thursday, UN sources told Ma'an that Israeli bulldozers demolished the homes of 95 people in a Bedouin community near the Ma'ale Mikhmas settlement, near the West Bank city of Jericho. The residents of the community are members of the Jahalin Bedouin clan, which expelled into the West Bank during the creation of Israel in 1948, and has been forcibly moved several times since.

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