Israel rushes to demolish more homes this year, leaving 27 people, including 16 minors, homeless, 29 Dec. 2020
Tuesday, 29 December 2020, at around 7:30 A.M., Israeli Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort, two diggers and a bulldozer to the area of al-Khalediyeh, which lies between Khirbet Ma’in and the village of al-Karmil. The forces destroyed a cinder block structure used to house a family of 19, including ten minors. Family members and other residents protested the demolition, setting fire to tires and climbing to the roof of the house. Dozens of Border Police officers and soldiers who arrived as backup threw tear gas canisters and stun grenades at the residents and the structure, after giving them just a few minutes to evacuate. A woman, a baby and a four-year-old child required medical care for gas inhalation and were taken to a hospital in the town of Yatta. Another local resident, aged 65, was treated on site. During the incident, the forces detained four residents, ultimately releasing three and arresting one.
The forces then headed south to Khirbet Wadi Ejheish, where they destroyed a prefabricated home used to house a family of eight, including six minors. They then headed north, to the village of al-Buweib, where they destroyed a tent used as a livestock pen.
In addition, at around 9:00 A.M., Civil Administration personnel came with a military and Border Police escort, two diggers and two trucks, one of them a crane truck, to the community of a-Nuwei’ma, north of Jericho. The forces dismantled and confiscated four tents and two shacks that served as seasonal homes of six families with a total of 28 members, including 14 minors. The forces also uprooted 350 four-year-old olive trees owned by another family.