Israeli soldiers patrol near the Jewish neighborhood in the divided city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank on October 14, 2018.AFP / afp / MENAHEM KAHANA
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Israel's government Sunday approved the construction of 31 settler homes in Hebron, the first such green light for the flashpoint West Bank city since 2002, a Cabinet minister said.Hebron is home to around 200,000 Palestinians, with about 800 settlers living under Israeli army protection in several heavily fortified compounds in the heart of the city.The 1994 massacre of 29 Muslim worshippers in Hebron by Israeli-American Baruch Goldstein led to an agreement three years later giving the Palestinian Authority control over 80 percent of the city.The settlers and about 30,000 Palestinians living adjacent to them fall under Israeli military rule.About 430,000 Israeli settlers live among 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Middle East War.
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