UK Government Statement on the Demolition of Bedouin Village of Humsa Al-Baqai'a
The Bedouin village of Humsa Al-Baqai'a housed 73 people, including 41 children, all of whom are now homeless.
Published 6 November 2020 by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the Rt Hon James Cleverly MP
Following the demolition of Humsa Al- Baqai’a, Minister for the Middle East James Cleverly said:
- I am seriously concerned by the demolition of Humsa Al- Baqai’a, a Bedouin village in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
- This act caused unnecessary suffering to many vulnerable Palestinians, including 41 children, and may impact the community’s ability to withstand Covid-19. It is also detrimental to prospects for peace.
- 2020 has seen the highest levels of demolitions of Palestinian homes and structures since 2016. I call on the Government of Israel to cease this policy, and provide Palestinians with a clear, transparent route to construction in Area C of the West Bank.