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06 Jun

Israel approves three West Bank settlements

 UN chief says he is “deeply troubled” with decision to give formal status to outposts in Bruchin, Rechalim and Sansana.

Israel has approved three settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, the office of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said in a statement.

The UN and the US criticised the move, with US State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland calling it unhelpful to making peace with Palestinians.

At a meeting late on Monday, an Israeli ministerial committee “decided to formalise the status of three communities which were established in the 1990s following the decisions of past governments,” a statement said on Tuesday.

The three outposts over which the decision was made are Bruchin, Rechalim and Sansana.

Bruchin has nearly 400 residents and is located in the northern West Bank, along with Rechalim, which is home to about 200 people. Sansana, home to around 250 people, is in the southern West Bank, near Hebron.

Condemning the decision, Nabil Abu Rdainah, a spokesman for Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, said “Netanyahu has pushed things to a dead end yet again”.

Palestinians are awaiting a formal response from Netanyahu to a letter they sent last week in which Abbas repeated his call for an end to all settlement activity…………………………

 

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