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Israel approves new settler bypass road in northern West Bank

April 5, 2019 3:37 P.M. (Updated: April 8, 2019 1:57 P.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities approved construction plans for a new settler bypass road, in the northern occupied West Bank, which "will contribute to greater security and safety."

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, the Israeli Ministry of Defense “granted approval for construction of a new road that will bypass the Palestinian town of Huwwara in the northern West Bank district of Nablus.”

The approval was announced Yesha Council, an organization of municipal councils from all of the illegal settlements in the West Bank.

Sources confirmed that the road stretching from the Tapuah Junction to the Yitzhar Junction will run east of Route 60,the West Bank’s main north-south artery, and will shorten the commute for Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the northern West Bank.

Sources added that the road will be built on land belonging to the Palestinian town of Huwwara and Beita village, both located in the Nablus district, which was seized by Israel “for security reasons.”

Sources cited an Israeli government spokesperson, who said “the approval had been given last week.”

Yesha Council claimed the new bypass road “will reduce traffic jams in the area and will contribute to greater security and safety.”

However, it remained unclear when the actual construction of the new bypass road would be completed as the Yesha Council spokesperson acknowledged that “it could take years.”

Since the occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, in 1967, more than 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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