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Palestine blames US for new Israeli settlement in Hebron

Last update: 02/12/2019
RAMALLAH, Dec 2 -- Palestine on Sunday slammed Israel's decision on building a new settlement in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, saying it is a "clear result" of United States (US) backing, Xinhua news agency reported, quoting the Palestine Liberation Organisation.

"Israel's decision to build a new illegal settlement in occupied Hebron is the first tangible result of the US decision to legitimise colonisation; this cannot be taken out of the context annexation," said Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

"Concrete measures, including sanctions against settlements, are an international responsibility," he tweeted.

His tweet came right after Israeli Defence Minister Naftali Bennett approved the construction of a new settlement in Hebron.

Israeli settlement activity is deemed illegal by most world powers and the international law. It is considered one of the major issues that caused the collapse of the peace talks between Palestinians and Israelis in 2014.

According to the latest Palestinian data, around 400,000 Israelis live in 135 settlements and 100 illegal outposts in the West Bank, where the Palestinian population has reached 2.6 million.


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