UN and EU slam Israel after West Bank demolition leaves 73 Palestinians homeless

The remaining contents of households in the community of Khirbet Humsa in the West Bank on November 4.

Jerusalem (CNN)The United Nations and the European Union have criticized the demolition by the Israeli military of a large portion of a Palestinian community in the West Bank that left 73 people, including 41 children, homeless.

The UN described the demolition in the community of Khirbet Humsa as "the largest forced displacement incident in over four years."
Israel's Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), which administers the occupied West Bank, said seven tents and eight pens were destroyed because they were built illegally in a firing zone in the Jordan Valley.
    The UN said 73 people were displaced by the demolition in Khirbet Humsa on Tuesday.
    A man sits at the site of the demolition in Khirbet Humsa on November 4.
    "We will note that the enforcement was carried out in accordance with the authorities and procedures, and subject to operational considerations," COGAT said in a statement.
      Harbi Abu Al-Kabsh, a 47-year-old Palestinian, said villagers were given no warning of the impending demolition. "They never told us that they are coming to demolish until we saw them coming with bulldozers," he told CNN. "They didn't even give us a chance to take our properties."
      Al-Kabsh promised to rebuild his home on the same spot, despite years of legal battles over the fate of his community, and the immediate challenge of the onset of winter rains.
      "My cousin's wife gave birth two days ago and she is with her newborn outside under the rain. I'm now buying some rain covers to try to protect the children," he said.
        An observer from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) who spoke with CNN said the Israeli military also razed two solar panels and seized a tractor and a private vehicle.
        The remains of a village in Khirbet Humsa in the West Bank on November 4.
        Khirbet Humsa on November 4 in the aftermath of the demolition.
        Yvonne Helle, a senior UN Development Programme official in the Palestinian territories, criticized COGAT's reasoning for demolishing the structures, some of which had been donated as humanitarian aid. "The lack of Israeli-issued