RAMALLAH, West Bank - Aid agencies working in the West Bank and east Jerusalem said on Friday Israeli demolitions of Palestinian property had spiked coinciding with renewed US-backed peace negotiations.

The statement by 25 aid organizations said the number of demolitions increased by almost half and the displacement of Palestinians by nearly three-quarters between July 2013, when the talks began, and the end of the year, compared to the same period in 2012.

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Of the 663 Palestinian structures torn down last year, the highest number in five years, 122 were built with international donor aid, the groups said.