The Israeli cabinet today approved the construction of a new town near the Gaza Strip, according to Israel's Channel 12, Anadolu reported.
Ahead of the cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the government will approve the building of a new town near Gaza.
"This is a great news for Israel, this is great news for the communities in the Gaza border area," Netanyahu said.
Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported that the new town will house around 500 families and it will be named as "Hanun".
The Israeli government said it will allocate one million shekels ($296,000) for the development of the infrastructure in the new settlement, which will be within the area of Israel's Sdot Negev Regional Council.
There was no comment from the Palestinian authorities on the report.