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Report: Number of Israel settlers quadrupled since Oslo Accords

More than 1,000 Israeli settlers including children are their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound backed by Israeli police officers, at the Al-Aqsa Complex in Jerusalem on 22 July, 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
More than 1,000 Israeli settlers including children are their way into East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound backed by Israeli police officers, at the Al-Aqsa Complex in Jerusalem on 22 July, 2018 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The number of Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank has quadrupled since the signing of the Oslo Agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) in 1993, a new report has said.

According to the latest data published by the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics the number of Jewish settlers in the West Bank increased from 110,066 in September 1993 to 413,400 at the end of last year.

Settlement Watch of the Peace Now movement said the number of Jewish settlements in the West Bank has reached 130 settlements in addition to 103 settlement outposts; 19 of which have been established since 2012 during the tenure of current Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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The number of the settlement outposts was 114, but Israel has legalised 11 of them while measures are under way to legitimise 35 other settlement outposts.

All settlements are illegal under international law.

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