A picture shows the Israeli settlement of Abraham Avino surrounded by Palestinian houses (top) and a cemetary in the divided city of Hebron in the Israeli-occupied Wets Bank on October 09, 2017. / AFP / HAZEM BADER
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Israel is to advance plans for nearly 4,000 settler homes in the occupied West Bank as part of a push to greatly boost settlement growth, an Israeli official said Tuesday.The approvals are to include housing units in the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron for the first time in years.The Peace Now NGO, which closely monitors settlement construction, said the meeting is likely to be the coming Tuesday or Wednesday, with at least 2,156 units on the agenda.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.About 430,000 Israeli settlers live among 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War.
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