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‘Israel’ to build over 1,355 housing units in illegal settlements in West Bank and Jerusalem

Occupied Palestine (QNN)- Israeli occupation government announced on Sunday plans to approve the building of over 1,355 housing units in illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

On Sunday, Israel’s so-called Ministry of Housing published 13 new tenders for the construction of 1,355 housing units in 7 illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank and another tender for the construction of an additional 83 units in the illegal settlement of Givat Hamatos in East Jerusalem.

These tenders are in addition to about 3,000 housing units in the illegal settlements that will be promoted this coming Wednesday, according to the Israeli anti-settlement watchdog Peace Now, which said the publication of a tender means that the government wants to start construction.

According to the watchdog, the tenders published are: Beit El – 346 units; Adam – 96 units; Ariel – 731 units; Karnei Shomron – 22 units; Emanuel – 57 units; Elkana 102 units; Beitar Illit – one housing unit.

92% of the housing units in the tenders published yesterday are in settlements deep in the occupied West Bank that ‘Israel’ will have to evacuate under a permanent agreement, Peace Now said.

In recent years, there has been a significant increase in housing units planning, and in 2020, plans were advanced for 12,159 housing units.

Since the formation of the new government on 13/6/21, no plans have been approved in the settlements, but this coming Wednesday about 3,000 housing units are expected to be approved, Peace Now said.

There are nearly 700,000 Israeli settlers living in 256 illegal settlements and outposts scattered across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem. Israeli settlements are illegal under international law.

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