The Israeli government will approve the building of 2500 new settlement units in ‘Efrat’ settlement in the southeast of Bethlehem, according to Khalil Tafakji, director of the Map Department in the Arabic Association for Studies.According to the Palestinian News Network, Al Tafakji noted that the additional units will be at the expanse of hundreds of dunams belonging to Palestinian citizens of Kherbat Nakhla.

Mr. Al Tafakji said that the expansion decision was made even though the case is still ‘under consideration’ in Israeli courts.

An estimated 500,000 settlers now live in housing developments and ouposts across the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, in contravention of international law.

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