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    UK Minister for Middle East Condemns Israel’s Plan on New West Bank Settlement

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    Tobias Ellwood stressed that settlements were illegal under international law and such initiatives complicated the issue of the disputed territory.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — UK Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood expressed strong condemnation over Israel's announcement to build a new settlement near the town of Shilo in the West Bank, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Wednesday.

    "We condemn the recent announcement of plans to construct a new settlement near Shilo. This is the latest example of a series of worrying new settlement announcements in recent months," Ellwood said in a statement.

    The minister stressed that settlements were illegal under international law and such initiatives complicated the issue of the disputed territory.

    On Tuesday, the spokesman of the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Israel to reverse its recently announced plan to build a new settlement near Shilo.

    Shilo is located in the northern West Bank, the territory west of the Jordan River. The settlement borders both the Palestinian villages and the Israeli settlements.

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