Statistics on Demolition for Alleged Military Purposes

Published: 
1 Jan 2011

2011 (until 31 May 2011)

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Minors left homeless
Jan.
Feb.
2
2 12 8
March
April
6
May
June
July
August
Total
2
2
12
8

 

2010 (until 31 Dec. 2010)

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Minors left homeless
Jan.
3
3
25
Feb.
3
3 13
March
6
6
April
1
1 6
May
June
July
August
Total
1
12
13
44

 

2009

n 2009, all house demolitions on the pretext of military need took place in the Gaza Strip during Operation Cast Lead. According to UN figures, during the operation, Israel destroyed more than 3,500 residential dwellings, leaving 20,000 people homeless. .B'Tselem has no independent figures on the number of houses that were destroyed.

 

 

2008

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Minors left homeless
Jan.
5
8
13
48
19
Feb.
March
3
8
11 59 32
April
May
7
7 22 11
June until 30.6
2
4
6
12
5
Total
10
27
37
141
67

 

2007

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Jan.
Feb.
March
April
5
5 23
May
2
2 8
June
July
1
1
9
Aug.
7
7
48
Sept.
10
7
17
51
Oct.
3
1
4
7
Nov.
2
2
12
Dec. until 15 Dec.
5
5
24
Total
30
13
43
182

 

2006

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Jan.
2
2
Feb.
2
March
April
May
June
July
2
76
78 506
August
27
85
85 475
Sept.
44
44 318
Oct.
40
40
228
Nov.
9
60
69
443
Dec.
Total
39
316
318
2,150

 

2005

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Jan.
6
3
9
38
Feb.
March
1
1
10
April
May
June
July
1
1
4
August
1
1
3
Sept.
1
1
Oct.
4
4
13
Nov.
Dec.
Total
12
5
17
68

 

2004

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Jan.
69
69
504
Feb.
13
5
18
72
March
36
36
214
April
80
80
957
May
1
510
511
3,557
June
40
40
273
July
150
150
1,437
August
89
89
732
Sept.
5
106
111
794
Oct.
184
184
1,355
Nov.
4
38
42
318
Dec.
3
71
74
491
Total
26
1,378
1,404
10,704

Note: B'Tselem only has statistics on house demolitions for alleged military purposes starting from 2004. A number of international bodies have presented estimates of house demolitions in Gaza for the entire intifada. According to a report presented to the Commission on Human Rights by its special rapporteur, Professor John Dugard, from September 2000 to February 2004, Israel destroyed 1,640 housing units, in which some 15,000 people lived. According to figures of UNRWA, from the beginning of the intifada to September 2004, Israel destroyed some 2,370 housing units in the Gaza Strip, leaving approximately 22,800 people homeless.