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Israel approves construction of new settlement units across West Bank

Dec. 27, 2018 3:19 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 11, 2019 12:35 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli Civil Administration approved, on Thursday, the construction of 1,451 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank and advanced plans for the construction of 837 additional units.

Israeli news outlet Haaretz reported that the settlement Subcommittee in the administration's Supreme Planning Council had discussed the plans on Tuesday and Wednesday, before giving a final approval for 30 of these units.

The council approved 220 new settlement units for the Givat Zeev settlement northwest of Jerusalem, 180 for Neve Daniel near the al-Khader town in southern Bethlehem in southern West Bank, 120 for Karmei Tzur in the southern West Bank district of Hebron, 129 for Avnei Hefetz in the northern West Bank district of Tulkarem, 62 for Maale Mikhmas in in the central West Bank district of Ramallah and al-Bireh, 61 for Tzofim in the northern West Bank district of Qalqiliya, 42 for Alfei Menashe also in Qalqiliya, 55 for Tomer in the Jordan Valley in the northern West Bank, 18 for Adora in Hebron, 16 for near Hebron and one for Shiloh in the northern West Bank district of Nablus.

Another 135 settlement units were approved for the expansion the Tene Omarim settlement near Hebron.

Thirteen plans in preliminary stages of planning were advanced, including plans for 152 units in Shavei Shomron in Nablus, 94 in Haggai in Hebron, 100 in Halamish in Ramallah, 75 in Shvut Rachel near Jerusalem, 98 near Maale Amos in Jerusalem, 82 in Ofra in Ramallah and two in Tzofim in Qalqiliya.

Israel had reportedly also approved the construction of 2500 new settlement units, on Wednesday, to be built across settlements of the West Bank.
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