A bulldozer clears the rubble from a demolished Palestinian home in East Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
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The Red Cross said Thursday it had suspended provision of tents to displaced Palestinians in the Jordan Valley, in a rare protest over Israeli "confiscation" of aid material.Until now, the aid group had been distributing tents to Palestinians left homeless by Israel's ongoing policy of house demolitions.Last month, Israeli authorities demolished 27 homes in the Jordan Valley, leaving 147 people including 63 minors homeless, Israel rights group B'Tselem said.A joint statement Thursday from 25 international aid groups, among them Christian Aid and Oxfam, said the 2013 figure showed a 43 percent rise in demolitions over the preceding year and marked a five-year high.Larsen said the move affects only shelter assistance in the Jordan Valley and not the distribution of other aid.
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