House demolitions during military operations - Israeli incursions into the Gaza Strip summer/autumn 2006
"Since 25 June 2006, the most recent Israeli incursion into the Gaza Strip, I continue to receive alarming reports about deliberate attacks by Israeli forces resulting in the destruction of homes, civilian property and infrastructures in the Gaza Strip. Such acts have a devastating impact on civilians particularly, women and children, and create insecurity and psychological trauma. Thus, these forced evictions and unjustifiable destruction constitute breaches of international laws of human rights, war and humanitarian norms.
International law strictly prohibits the destruction of private or public property when not absolutely necessary by military operations.
According to United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) the military operation in Beit Hanoun itself led, in a six-day military siege, to the destruction of dozens of houses."
Statement by the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Miloon Kothari, in relation to Israel's attack on Beit Hanoun, 8 November 2006 (10 November 2006).