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Study: Israel's wall segregates 13 percent of West Bank

July 11, 2011 5:56 P.M. (Updated: July 11, 2011 5:56 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israel's separation wall will annex 773 sq. km. of Palestinian land, a study by the Applied Research Institute in Jerusalem said on the anniversary of a judicial ruling which called on Israelis to stop building.

Just 6.5 percent of the wall is constructed along the pre-1967 armistice lines internationally recognized as the basis of an independent Palestinian state, ARIJ said Saturday in the report marking the International Court of Justice advisory opinion.

The wall, 473 km. of which has been constructed, 54 km. under construction, and 247 km. planned for building, separates Palestinians from 13 percent of the total area of the West Bank, ARIJ said in its survey of the June 2011 status of the wall.

This area includes 348 sq. km. of agricultural land, 250 sq. km. of forest areas and 25 sq. km. of Palestinian built-up areas, the study noted, as well as 110 sq. km. where Israeli settlements and military bases are built.

There are 107 Jewish-only settlements in this zone, where 582, 000 Israeli settlers live, over 80 percent of their total number in the West Bank, the ARIJ report added.
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