A Palestinian resident arrives at his newly delivered apartment in the West Bank city of Rawabi, north of Ramallah.
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After years of setbacks, Palestinians are proudly starting to move into their first planned city being built in the West Bank – a move that isn't just about real estate but also a symbol of their quest for statehood after nearly 50 years of Israeli military occupation.The construction of the city, located about 40 kilometers north of occupied Jerusalem, has repeatedly stalled due to political obstacles.Mahmoud Khatib came here with his wife and three kids from a nearby village wanting to live in a modern city.Palestinians see the West Bank, which Israel captured in the 1967 war, as part of their independent state, along with East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.Masri said his next battle is to triple both the width of the 7-meter road and the water supply.Currently 250 families live in the city. That population is expected to swell to 60,000 when construction ends in about five years.Such attractions lumped together in one city are unheard of in Palestinian areas.
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