Rights group: West Bank demolitions in 2016 unusually high
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Rights group: West Bank demolitions in 2016 unusually high

B’Tselem says Israel’s wrecking of Palestinian homes in past 7 months exceeds almost every year in past decade

The mother of Palestinian terrorist Murad Idais holds a Palestinian flag as she stands in the rubble of their house after it was demolished by the IDF in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, on June 11, 2016. Idais stabbed mother-of-six Dafna Meir to death. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)
The mother of Palestinian terrorist Murad Idais holds a Palestinian flag as she stands in the rubble of their house after it was demolished by the IDF in the West Bank village of Yatta, south of Hebron, on June 11, 2016. Idais stabbed mother-of-six Dafna Meir to death. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)

A leading Israeli human rights group says Israel has demolished more Palestinian homes in the West Bank this year than it did nearly every other year in the last decade.

The B’Tselem group reported Monday that Israeli authorities demolished 168 homes in the West Bank from January to the end of June this year. It says that’s more than the number of homes demolished in 2015, and higher than the annual rate of demolitions since 2006, except for the 175 Palestinian homes demolished in 2013.

The group says this year’s demolitions left 740 Palestinians homeless.

B’Tselem says most of the demolitions were in areas of the West Bank where Israel controls building. Israel says much of the Palestinian building in those areas is illegal.

Israeli defense officials had no immediate comment.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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