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Israel approves plan to built 12,000 settlement units in 2017
Ramallah, Oct. 11 (Petra) - The Israeli occupation government approved a series of settlement plans, including the approval of 12,000 settlement units in 2017, four times the number in 2016, Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported on Wednesday.

The newspaper said that the settlement units would be located throughout the West Bank, including Hebron and the Migron and Beit El settlements near Ramallah, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority.

"In total, about 12,000 housing units will be approved in 2017, at various stages of planning and construction, four times the number in 2016," it said.

Haaretz added that if the Hebron housing is approved it would be the first time for the southern West Bank city since 2002.

Hebron is home to around 200,000 Palestinians, with about 800 settlers living under the protection of Israeli army in several heavily fortified compounds in the heart of the city.

Settlement building in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem is considered illegal under international law.

It is also seen as a major obstacle to peace as the settlements are built on land the Palestinians see as part of their future state.

11/10/2017 - 11:07:49 AM

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