UN report shows Israel killed more Palestinians in 2022 than any year since 2005
The United Nations says the year 2022 remains the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since 2005, with 19 people being killed at the hands of Israeli forces in the occupied territories in less than a month.
The biweekly Protection of Civilians Report published by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Palestine, said Israeli forces have shot dead 19 Palestinians, including three children, in different incidents across the occupied territories between November 22 and December 11, Palestine’s official Wafa news agency reported.
A 16-year-old Palestinian boy was killed on November 22 after Israeli settlers broke into Joseph's Tomb on the outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, the report said, adding that another 16-year-old child was killed near the town of Aboud, northwest of Ramallah, on December 8.
A 15-year-old girl was also killed in the northern city of Jenin in the West Bank on December 11, according to the OCHA report.
In addition to the killings, Israeli forces have blocked the main entrances of several villages across the West Bank, disrupting livelihoods of thousands of Palestinians, the report said.
Israeli authorities also demolished or confiscated 58 structures, including 10 residential homes and a school, claiming they have been built without permits.
According to the report, 56 of the structures were in Area C of the West Bank, which constitutes about 61 percent of the territory and is under full Israeli military control.
Two other structures were demolished by their owners in East al-Quds to avoid the payment of fines to the Israeli authorities.
Israel routinely demolishes Palestinian houses in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds, claiming that the structures have been built without permits, which are almost impossible to obtain. They also sometimes order Palestinian owners to demolish their own houses or pay the costs of the demolition.
Israeli occupation soldiers and Israeli settlers have noticeably been escalating their attacks against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and other areas, in an attempt to forcibly expel Palestinians from their lands and make way for expanding Illegal Jewish-only settlements.
Between 600,000 and 750,000 Israelis occupy over 250 illegal settlements that have been built across the West Bank since the 1967 occupation.
The UN Security Council has in several resolutions condemned the Tel Aviv regime’s settlement projects in the occupied Palestinian lands.