Israel 'unblocks plans for 1,800 settler homes'

A picture taken from the West Bank Town of Bethlehem on May 14, 2014 shows a part of the Israeli settlement of Har HomaThe Israeli government on Thursday ordered officials to move forward with plans for another 1,800 settler homes, just hours after issuing tenders for 1,500 housing units, an official said. “The political echelon has ordered the Civil Administration to advance 1,800 new (housing) units,” the Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity, referring to a defence ministry unit responsible for all West Bank planning issues. The order relates to construction in 10 separate settlements across the West Bank, all of which are at different stages of the planning process. The announcement came just hours after Israel’s housing ministry published tenders for the construction of more than 1,500 new homes, 400 of them in annexed east Jerusalem and the rest in the West Bank.

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