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Israel approves construction of 261 settlement units in Hebron

Construction work on Jewish settlement in Jerusalem [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]
Construction work on Jewish settlements in Jerusalem [Mahfouz Abu Turk/Apaimages]

An Israeli committee has approved the construction of 261 settlement units on Palestinian land in occupied Hebron.

The Planning Committee today approved a plan to build 102 settlement units in the illegal Nighot settlement in the upcoming weeks.

It also agreed to build additional settlement neighbourhoods in the settlements of Mount Hebron.

The committee explained that it approved the construction of 135 units in the settlement Tina Omarim, built on Al-Dhahiriya land, and 24 units in the Carmel settlement southeast of Yatta.

In 2016, the UN Security Council overwhelmingly approved Resolution 2334, which considered Israeli settlements in the 1967 occupied territories, including East Jerusalem, as “illegal” and called for their immediate and complete cessation.

Fourteen States voted in favour, while the United States abstained without using its power of veto.

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