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State of Palestine: Construction starts on first 'official' Israeli settlement built in decades02:25

State of Palestine: Construction starts on first 'official' Israeli settlement built in decades

Palestinian Territory, Occupied, Turmus Ayya
May 2, 2017 at 17:17 GMT -00:00 · Published

Israeli authorities launched the construction of its first officially recognised settlement in the occupied West Bank in decades, Tuesday, with foundations being laid for the Emek Shilo settlement in the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya.

Residents of Turmis Ayya expressed their anger, with the village school's headmistress Abla Kook saying that their land is being "taken" by the incoming settlers.

"And they just came to our land, confiscate our land and they start taking over like a cancer in the body," Turmis Ayya resident Asid Hussein said.

The construction phase comes weeks after Israel's Supreme Court ordered the demolition of the Amona settlement on grounds of its being built on private Palestinian land.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently promised to relocate the Amona settlers to the new location, where housing caravans are ready for them pending further construction.

Last February, the Israeli parliament passed a law that retroactively legalises almost 4,000 settlements built on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank. This comes against the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which states that Israeli settlements in those areas have no legal basis.

State of Palestine: Construction starts on first 'official' Israeli settlement built in decades02:25
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Israeli authorities launched the construction of its first officially recognised settlement in the occupied West Bank in decades, Tuesday, with foundations being laid for the Emek Shilo settlement in the Palestinian village of Turmus Ayya.

Residents of Turmis Ayya expressed their anger, with the village school's headmistress Abla Kook saying that their land is being "taken" by the incoming settlers.

"And they just came to our land, confiscate our land and they start taking over like a cancer in the body," Turmis Ayya resident Asid Hussein said.

The construction phase comes weeks after Israel's Supreme Court ordered the demolition of the Amona settlement on grounds of its being built on private Palestinian land.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu subsequently promised to relocate the Amona settlers to the new location, where housing caravans are ready for them pending further construction.

Last February, the Israeli parliament passed a law that retroactively legalises almost 4,000 settlements built on privately owned Palestinian land in the West Bank. This comes against the UN Security Council Resolution 2334 which states that Israeli settlements in those areas have no legal basis.

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