UK Concerned With Israeli Plans for 770 New Settlement Units in East Jerusalem

© AFP 2022 / Ahmad GharabliPart of the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Israel has approved 560 new homes for the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, a spokesman for the settlement said on July 4, 2016 in a move likely to raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks (File)
Part of the Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Israel has approved 560 new homes for the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, a spokesman for the settlement said on July 4, 2016 in a move likely to raise tensions following a series of Palestinian attacks (File) - Sputnik International
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UK Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood expressed concern on Wednesday over reports that Israel has plans for 770 new settlement units in occupied East Jerusalem.

A picture taken on July 4, 2016, shows buildings under construction in the Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim, east of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier this week, rights groups reported that Israel had plans to build 770 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, which caused concern in Palestine and the United Nations.

"The UK is concerned to see plans for 770 settlement units between Jerusalem and Bethlehem progressing. As we have previously made clear, all settlement activity is illegal under international law, and damages prospects for a two-state solution," Ellwood said in a statement.

He expressed "particular" concern over the possible impact of these settlements on Palestinian Christian minorities in the area, who are already affected by renewed construction of the Separation Barrier on Palestinian land in the Cremisan Valley.

Palestinians seek to create a diplomatically recognized independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip, according to the frontiers that were in existence before the 1967 Six-Day War with Israel. The international community did not recognize the annexation of East Jerusalem by Israel in 1967.

Israel has long been building settlements in the occupied lands of the West Bank despite opposition from the United Nations.

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