Israel approves 463 housing settlements in the West Bank

Israel authorized the construction of hundreds of more housing units in the West Bank, despite calls by world powers to halt settlement activity.

The expansion of settlements in occupied Palestinian territories is seen as a deterrent in reviving negotiations for a two-state solution between Palestine and Israel.

The Israeli Civil Administration approved 463 buildings, the Israeli advocacy group Peace Now said Wednesday.

According to the newspaper Haaretz, 234 homes will be built in Elkana, 31 in Beit Arye and 20 in Givat Ze'ev.

The 463 total includes the retroactive approval 178 already built housing units.

Last update: Wed, 31/08/2016 - 15:48

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