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Israel to approve 3,000 new settlement units in West Bank

A general view of Halamish Jewish settlement after United States announced Israeli settlements in West Bank don’t violate international law, in Ramallah, West Bank on 20 November 2019. [Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency]
A general view of Israeli settlements in the West Bank on 20 November 2019 [Issam Rimawi/Anadolu Agency]

Israel is set to advance the construction of more than 3,000 settlement units in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem, local media reported.

The weekly schedule published by the Civil Administration's planning committee showed that it intends to approve the construction of the new settlement units in Revava, Kedumim, Elon Moreh, Karnei Shomron and settler communities in Gush Etzion and the Hebron Hills.

The document also showed that the committee intends to approve 1,300 Palestinian homes in the West Bank's Area C.

The approval comes despite Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's remarks about facing "American pressures" to stop settlement construction in the West Bank.

Earlier on Wednesday, Army Radio quoted Bennett as saying during a cabinet meeting that he was surprised by the American pressure against construction in the occupied West Bank.

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