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.

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.


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