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Local official: Settlers erect outpost near Salfit

Oct. 12, 2011 6:23 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 13, 2011 3:35 P.M.)
SALFIT (Ma’an) -- Settlers on Wednesday set up outpost homes on village land in the Salfit district of the northern West Bank, a local official said.

Iskaka village council head Nabil Harris told official news agency Wafa that bulldozers razed land between Yasuf village and Iskaka, before settlers arrived and set up four mobile homes.

On Tuesday, Israeli media reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking ways to legalize unauthorized settlement outposts on private Palestinian land.

Israel considers settlement outposts built in the West Bank without government approval to be illegal, and often sends security personnel to demolish them. They usually consist of little more than a few trailers.

The international community considers all settlements built in the occupied West Bank, including annexed East Jerusalem, to be illegal.
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