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Israeli policemen scuffle with Palestinian demonstrators in the Khan al Ahmar village in the West Bank.

ICRC: Israel must abide by international humanitarian law

Fri, September 14, 2018 14:12

RAMALLAH, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) - The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said it is deeply concerned by Israel's decision to demolish private houses and other structures in Khan al Ahmar village in Area C of the West Bank.

"The planned demolitions will dramatically affect the lives and dignity of this community," said David Quesne, Head of ICRC Mission in Jerusalem.

"As long as zoning and planning policies in the West Bank fail to serve the population living under occupation, they cannot be used as justification for destruction of property," Quesne said.

As the occupying power in the West Bank, Israel is bound by the International Humanitarian Law, he noted.

It has a duty to ensure the protection, security and welfare of the people living under occupation and to guarantee that they can live as normal a life as possible, in accordance with their own laws, culture and traditions, he added.

Last week, the Israeli High Court of Justice rejected appeals by Khan al Ahmar residents and approved the eviction and demolition of the village.

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