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Israel's Netanyahu government advances settlement expansion

Israel's High Planning Committee advances plans approved by the government Feb. 12 for thousands of new housing units in West Bank settlements.
A picture taken from the east Jerusalem Palestinian Shuafat refugee camp shows a view of the settlement of Pisgat Zeev (C), in the northern part of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, and the Palestinian area of al-Ram in the occupied West Bank (background), Feb. 23, 2023.

Israel’s High Planning Committee in the Civil Administration approved plans on Thursday to promote the construction of some 4,000 new housing units in West Bank settlements.

On Wednesday, the committee approved the promotion of some 3,000 apartments. In total, 7,287 housing units were approved in two days, and 2,000 housing units are expected to be approved either on Friday or next week. In comparison, 4,427 were approved in total in 2022 and 3,645 in 2021.

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