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Lieberman approves 400 illegal settlement units in Ramallah-area

July 27, 2018 11:04 A.M. (Updated: July 27, 2018 2:45 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Defense Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, approved on Friday 400 new settlement units for the illegal Israeli settlement of Adam southeast of the central occupied West Bank district of Ramallah.

Lieberman approved the further expansion of the Adam settlement justifying it as a response to a stabbing attack carried out by a 17-year-old Palestinian in the same settlement on Thursday evening.

The attack led to the Palestinian being shot and killed, one Israeli settler dead and two other settlers injured.

Hebrew-language Maariv news site reported that the United States' administration approved the construction of the new settlement units.

According to settlement watchdog Peace Now, in the year and a half since President Trump took office some 14,454 units in the West Bank has been approved, which is more than three times the amount that was approved in the year and half before his inauguration (4,476 units).

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, between 500,000 and 600,000 Israelis have moved into Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territory, in violation of international law.

The estimated 196 government recognized Israeli settlements scattered across the Palestinian territory are all considered illegal under international law.

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