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Israel confiscates 300 dunams of Nablus land for settlements

March 31, 2014 12:56 P.M. (Updated: April 2, 2014 9:27 A.M.)
NABLUS (Ma'an) -- The Israeli government issued confiscation orders to Palestinian land owners in Nablus on Monday to seize over 300 dunams (74 acres) of land to expand nearby illegal settlements, an official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, told Ma'an that the Israeli government issued the seizure orders to landowners in the Ras Mues and al-Khafafish areas near the village of Jalud.

The land is located between the illegal Shilo settlement and outpost of Shvut Rachel and will be used to build a Jewish cemetery, school and farm, Daghlas said.

The land is owned by Tawfiq Abdullah al-Hajj Muhammad and his brother Ahmad.

Israel has begun work on 10,509 housing units in illegal settlements while simultaneously demolishing 146 Palestinian homes since peace talks began in July.

Since 1967, Israel has established over 150 settlements and some 100 outposts in the occupied West Bank, with a settler population of 520,000, according to OCHA.

Over 43 percent of land in the occupied West Bank is allocated to settlement local and regional councils.
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