The Israeli military demolished hundreds of homes and businesses in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip over the weekend, according to the Palestinian Authority.
The Israeli military announced the demolitions in a statement on Saturday.
“The Israeli army has demolished over 20 Palestinian homes and two businesses in Al-Bureij village in the northern West Bank,” the statement said.
“We have requested the Palestinian authorities to allow the residents of the houses and businesses to return to their homes and the businesses.”
It said the Israeli forces have demolished around 40 Palestinian structures since Friday, including a mosque and a school.
It said that in total, the Israeli army destroyed more than 30 Palestinian structures, including homes, a church, shops, a market and a military base.
The Palestinian Ministry of Information and the Israel Civil Administration, which oversee the Palestinian territories, have not responded to Al Jazeera’s request for comment.
Al Jazeera’s Youssef Abouzaid said that the demolition of homes was a clear breach of international law, and that Israel was using the UN’s own resolution to justify its actions.
“The Palestinians have always called on the international community to stop the illegal occupation,” he said.
“But to have a military force demolish a home in the Palestinian territory, which is completely illegal, is beyond the pale.”
In the past, the UN has repeatedly called on Israel to halt the occupation.
On Friday, the United States said it “strongly condemns” the demolishments, and urged the UN to take “all necessary steps” to investigate.
On Monday, Israel’s chief negotiator, Tzipi Livni, said Israel had “deliberately” targeted Palestinian infrastructure, a charge Israel denies.
The United States and Israel have a long-standing diplomatic relationship, but have never held regular meetings.
The demolitions come as Israeli authorities continue to make further arrests and demolitions of Palestinian properties, with some of the more high-profile cases involving homes belonging to Palestinian women and children.