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Israel to seize Palestinian lands for settlement expansion

Sept. 17, 2018 5:06 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 19, 2018 9:30 A.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Civil Administration announced an expansion plan of the illegal Israeli settlement of Tina Omarim in the town of Dahriyeh, in the southern occupied West Bank district of Hebron.

A Palestinian research center, Land Research Center, released a report on Monday showing that the Israeli Civil Administration have published a detailed plan that would change the classification of the Palestinian-owned land from agricultural into urban, in order to justify expanding the illegal Israeli settlement.

The report said that the plan would lead to the seizure of 260 dunums (64 acres) of Palestinian-owned land in the al-Thahriyeh town.

The data shows that in the second quarter of 2018, Israel began the construction of 794 new settlement housing units, compared to 279 in the first quarter of the year.

In the first half of 2018, the construction of 1,073 housing units was launched in the settlements, compared to 818 in the second half of 2017.

The report added that the plan would include the construction of around 150 housing units, the establishment of public institutions, public parks, streets and parking lots.

Israel's policy of expanding settlements and outposts has been escalating recently due to the United States President Donald Trump approving three times more the amount of settlement units than that which was approved in the year and half before his inauguration.

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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