Israel has legalized about 800 homes in four settlements in the West Bank, the Interior Ministry said. The decision comes amid increasing violence across the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel, which has resulted in dozens of casualties.
The homes include 377 in the Yakir settlement, 187 in Itmar and 94 in Shilo in the northern West Bank, and 97 homes in the Sansana settlement in the West Bank’s southern Judaean Mountains, the ministry said.
Israeli authorities took this decision two weeks ago, but it was only revealed to the media on Friday.
According to Hagit Ofran, a spokeswoman for Israeli settlement watchdog Peace Now, “these aren’t new constructions but rather homes built in settlements recognized by Israel in areas that until now didn’t have any urban planning.”