Oct 19 2017
Israeli Civil Administration’s High Planning Committee convened on Tuesday and Thursday, and advanced plans for 2,615 settlement units in illegal Israeli settlements across occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said.
Peace Now said that over the course of two days of meetings, the civil administration promoted 2,615 settlement units.
The watchdog said that these plans had brought the total number of units promoted through plans this week to 2,646, after 31 construction permits were approved for settlers in Al-Khalil on October 16th.
Of the 2,615 illegal settlement units promoted, 1,508 were approved for depositing, while 1,323 were approved for validation.
Meanwhile, the civil administration issued on Tuesday a tender for 296 units in the Beit El settlement, located in the Ramallah district of the central West Bank.
Since the beginning of the year, Peace Now reported that 6,742 settlement housing units have been promoted by Israeli authorities.
At the same time, the Israeli forces demolished two Palestinian houses in Halaweh Village, located in the southern occupied West Bank district of Al-Khalil, local sources said.
Ratib al-Jabour, a coordinator of the National and Popular Committees in the southern West Bank said that Israeli forces raided the village in the morning and demolished two houses belonging to Mohamed Younis abu-Aram and Khalil Younis abu-Aram.
Al-Jabour said that Israeli authorities claimed that two houses were built without difficult-to-obtain Israeli-issued building permits.
He pointing out that there is an ongoing case in Israeli courts regarding the two homes, but that it was destroyed anyways.
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