Palestinians plant olive seedlings ahead of the Land Day, near the border with Israel east of Gaza City, on March 20, 2018. / AFP / MOHAMMED ABED
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The U.N. envoy for the Middle East urged restraint Monday as he raised concern about children at risk during Palestinian protests starting this week near the Gaza-Israel border.Mladenov told the council that Israel was pressing on with the building of settlements, defying the United Nations, which has branded the expansion of the Jewish outposts on occupied Palestinian land as illegal.Over the past three months, Israel approved 22 plans for some 1,500 housing units in one area of the West Bank, with about a dozen units approved for construction -- but this is significantly lower than in the previous three-month period.Ten tenders for 900 housing units in seven West Bank settlements were announced.
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