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Israeli settlers take over Palestinian-owned land to build illegal settlement

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Israeli settlers from the illegal settlements of Givat Salit and Miskiot in the Jordan Valley have recently taken a Palestinian-owned land to build a settlement outpost on it.

According to Haaretz’s Amira Hass, Israeli army said stop-work orders have been issued at the end of September, and that further enforcement efforts will be taken in Jordan Valley, but Haaretz saw work continuing on Thursday.

Mutaz Bsharat, responsible for assessing settler activity in the West Bank city of Tubas, said that the settlers from Salit and Miskiot “seized more than 300 dunams [about 75 acres] from Himat Khilla area during the past two days,” noting that they laid down foundations for barracks and settlement units in addition to installing water pipes, Middle East Monitor reported.

Israeli settlements are considered illegal in international law.

On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that his government will join a project carried out by El-Ad to search for Jewish remains in the rubble extracted from under the Al-Aqsa Mosque 17 years ago.

This follows a harsh Israeli attack against UNESCO for finalizing the decision that Al-Aqsa mosqe compound is a purely Islamic heritage.


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