The UN has asked Israel to freeze all pending demolition orders in East Jerusalem and to do more to provide for the housing needs of Palestinians.
Almost a third of all Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem have been built without a permit, says a UN report.
This puts 60,000 Palestinians at risk of having their houses demolished by Israeli authorities.
The mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, has acknowledged a planning crisis for all of Jerusalem.
The report, produced by the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, says the root of the problem in a lack of adequate urban planning by the Jerusalem municipality which controls East Jerusalem.
Palestinians wanting to build a home can only seek permission to do so in a small area. It comprises about 13% of East Jerusalem and is already densely populated.
As a result at least 28% of all homes have been constr
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