A picture shows on October 17, 2017 an Israeli army base in the centre of the divided city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank where 31 settlers house are going to be built. AFP / HAZEM BADER
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Israeli authorities approved another large set of plans for settlement homes in the occupied West Bank Wednesday, bringing the total for the week to more than 2,600, settlement watchdog Peace Now said. Some 1,323 settlement housing units were given a green light Wednesday, while 2,646 have been advanced this week, it said, as part of a government push to expand West Bank settlement construction.The plans passed this week, criticized Wednesday by the European Union, are at various stages in Israel's complex approval process. In a response to the plans for settlement homes advanced Tuesday, the European Union called on Israel to reconsider.About 430,000 Israeli settlers live among 2.6 million Palestinians in the West Bank, occupied by Israel in the 1967 Mideast War.
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