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Israel expanding settlements in Bethlehem area

Aug. 19, 2013 9:35 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2013 4:11 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) – Israeli lorries were seen Monday unloading new mobile homes at Israeli settlements in east Bethlehem in the southern West Bank.

Locals told Ma’an that at least five new movable houses were unloaded Monday in Noqedim settlement near Herodium east of Bethlehem.

Noqedim is home of the right-wing former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Liberman the leader of the right wing Yesrael Beitenu political party.

Witnesses noted construction in Bethlehem-area settlements, which has been ongoing forfive years, increased noticeably in recent weeks.

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