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