HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NOON BRIEFING
BY STEPHANE DUJARRIC, SPOKESMAN FOR SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON
FRIDAY, 30 MAY 2014
AID AGENCIES NOTE PRESSURE ON PALESTINIAN BEDOUIN COMMUNITIES TO RELOCATE FROM WEST BANK – U.N.
- The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) says that aid agencies in the occupied Palestinian territory have voiced concern over pressure being placed by Israeli authorities on Palestinian Bedouin communities to relocate.
- This comes on the heels of a wave of demolitions of Bedouin residences.
- OCHA says that since the beginning of the year, more than 300 structures owned by Palestinians have been demolished in the West Bank, displacing more than 600 people.
- Humanitarian organizations continue to provide emergency assistance, including temporary shelter, but that this aid has increasingly been seized.
- These organizations are calling for a halt in demolitions until a fair, participatory and non-discriminatory planning and zoning regime is in place.