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Israeli report: More than 400,000 settlers in West Bank

February 19, 2016 at 2:43 pm

The number of settlers living in 128 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, excluding Jerusalem, has reached 406,302, an Israeli report revealed.

The report, issued by former Member of the Knesset Yaakov Katz, suggested that the Israeli settlements are distributed amongst 11 settlement blocs, the largest of which is located in the Jordan Valley, while the most densely populated is the Benjamin settlement bloc.

The Benjamin bloc consists of nearly 26 illegal Israeli settlements and its population is over 83,000 settlers according to the most recent figures for 2015.

There are 27 Israeli settlements in the Jordan Valley, with over 8,100 settlers.

The report showed that the past two years witnessed a 4.4 per cent increase in the number of settlers in the West Bank, in addition to the 350,000 settlers who have settled in the 20 settlement blocs in occupied East Jerusalem.

According to the report, the number of settlers in the occupied West Bank will reached 1.2 million by 2036.