'40 per cent rise in new West Bank settlement homes in 2014'

The number of new homes under construction in Jewish settlements on the Israel-occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 per cent, the Peace Now anti- settlements group said on Monday.

AFP| Updated: Feb 24, 2015, 02:27 AM IST

Jerusalem: The number of new homes under construction in Jewish settlements on the Israel-occupied West Bank rose last year by 40 per cent, the Peace Now anti- settlements group said on Monday.

It said the construction of 3,100 "residential units" began last year in West Bank settlements, while 4,485 tenders for construction there and in east Jerusalem settlement districts were launched in 2014 -- "a record high for at least a decade".