The Palestinian cabinet approved, on Wednesday, a recommendation by the Minister of Local Government to turn Khan al-Ahmar community, near Jerusalem, into a village council.

Khan al-Ahmar is under threat, by Israel, of demolition and displacement of its Bedouin community, in order to build a Jewish settlement on the location.

The cabinet said, in a statement, after its weekly meeting held in Ramallah, that a local authority will be established and will be called Khan al-Ahmar village, which will have an appointed council of members that will run its daily affairs and demarcate its boundaries.

According to WAFA, the decision was made to support efforts by the community to remain on its land in light of Israeli threats to demolish the community and displace its residents.

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