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Statistics on Demolition for Alleged Military Purposes

2012-2018 (until 30 April): In the West Bank

  • On 6 February 2018, Israeli security used a bulldozer to demolish an unoccupied room in the village of al-Yamun, Jenin District, during a raid to apprehend Ahmad Naser Jarar who had been hiding in the room. Jarar was killed in the course of the raid.

  • On 3 February, Israeli security forces used a bulldozer to demolish a barn and two huts that serves as livestock pens in the village of Birqin, Jenin District, during a raid to apprehend Ahmad Naser Jarar.

  • On 18 January 2018, Israeli security forces razed two homes with a bulldozer and demolished two others with a missile in an arrest raid to apprehend Ahmad Naser Jarar. In the course of raid, Ahmad Isma’il Jarar was killed. The demolitions left 16 people, including three minors, without a home.

  • On 14 February 2017, Israeli security forces used explosives to demolish an agricultural storehouse in the community of Farsh al-Hawa in the South Hebron Hills. They demolished the storehouse after they were unsuccessful in opening its door in the course of a search.

  • On 27 July 2016, Israeli security forces fired a missile at a 5-story building in the village of Surif, Hebron District, demolishing it, during an arrest raid to apprehend Muhammad al-Faqih, who was killed in the raid. The demolition left six people, including two minors, without a home. 

  • On 11 August 2014, Israeli security forces razed three storehouses with a bulldozer in the village of Qabalan, Nablus District, in the course of an arrest raid to apprehend Zakaria Sa’id, who was killed in the raid. As a result of the demolitions, two neighboring apartments were damaged.

  • On 27 February 2014, Israeli security forces partially demolished the family home of Mu’taz Washahah in the village of Beir Zeit, Ramallah District, with a missile they fired in the course of an arrest raid to apprehend him. Washahah was killed in the raid.
     

Operation Protective Edge in the Gaza Strip

According to OCHA (UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) figures, during Operation Protective Edge (the summer of 2014), 18,000 homes in the Gaza Strip were destroyed in whole or in part, and some 100,000 Palestinians were rendered homeless.

2011

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Minors left homeless
Jan.
0
0
0
0
0
Feb.
0
2
2 12 8
March
0
0
0 0 0
April
0
0
0 6 0
May
0
0
0
0
0
June
0
0
0
0
0
July
0
0
0
0
0
August
0
0
0
0
0
Total
0
2
2
12
8

 

2010

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Minors left homeless
Jan.
0
3
3
25
0
Feb.
0
3
3 13 0
March
0
6
6 0 0
April
1
0
1 6 0
May
0
0
0
0
0
June
0
0
0
0
0
July
0
0
0
0
0
August
0
0
0
0
0
Total
1
12
13
44
0

 

2009

In 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.
0
0
0 0 0
March
3
8
11 59 32
April
0
0
0 0 0
May
0
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.
0
0
0
0
Feb.
0
0
0 0
March
0
0
0 0
April
5
0
5 23
May
2
0
2 8
June
0
0
0
0
July
1
0
1
9
Aug.
7
0
7
48
Sept.
10
7
17
51
Oct.
3
1
4
7
Nov.
2
0
2
12
Dec. until 15 Dec.
0
5
5
24
Total
30
13
43
182

 

2006

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Jan.
2
0
2
0
Feb.
2
0
0 0
March
0
0
0 0
April
0
0
0 0
May
0
0
0 0
June
0
0
0 0
July
2
76
78 506
August
27
85
85 475
Sept.
0
44
44 318
Oct.
0
40
40
228
Nov.
9
60
69
443
Dec.
0
0
0
0
Total
39
316
318
2,150

 

2005

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Jan.
6
3
9
38
Feb.
0
0
0
0
March
1
0
1
10
April
0
0
0
0
May
0
0
0
0
June
0
0
0
0
July
1
0
1
4
August
0
1
1
3
Sept.
0
1
1
0
Oct.
4
0
4
13
Nov.
0
0
0
0
Dec.
0
0
0
0
Total
12
5
17
68

 

2004

Month
The West Bank
The Gaza Strip
Total
People left homeless
Jan.
0
69
69
504
Feb.
13
5
18
72
March
0
36
36
214
April
0
80
80
957
May
1
510
511
3,557
June
0
40
40
273
July
0
150
150
1,437
August
0
89
89
732
Sept.
5
106
111
794
Oct.
0
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.