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Expansion of illegal settlement outpost south of Bethlehem

February 17, 2014 at 11:18 pm

Settlers from the illegal Itamar settlement, which is built on land belonging to the village of El-Khader, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank, have enlarged the colony with a number of mobile homes.

Ahmed Salah, the coordinator of the popular campaign to resist settlement in El-Khader, told the local media that the settlers have put 10 caravans on the outskirts of the well-known settlement and started to connect it to the electricity supply. Street lights have been installed on a road which was paved a few days before in the area of Ein Qessies, adjacent to El-Khader village, where settlers have seized just over one acre of Palestinian-owned land.

Salah noted that Israel’s Supreme Court ruled several years ago that Itamar settlement must be dismantled, but the settlers are continuing to expand the illegal site.