Palestinians `strongly condemn` new settlement plans
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 19:40
Ramallah: The Palestinian Authority on Sunday "strongly condemned" Israel's approval of hundreds of new West Bank settler homes following the grisly murder of a settler family.

The Palestinian Authority "strongly condemns the decision of the Israeli government to speed up and increase the building of settlements," chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said.

"It strongly condemns the settler attacks against the Palestinian people in the West Bank and we ask the Quartet to urgently intervene to stop the actions of the settlers."

Israel said today that ministers had decided to approve construction of several hundred units in Gush Etzion, Maale Adumim, Ariel and Kiryat Sefer -- four of the biggest settlement blocs in the West Bank.

Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, also denounced the move as "a mistake" which was likely to create "big problems."

"The decision taken to build new settlements is a mistake and unacceptable," he said in a statement. "It will destroy everything and will lead to big problems."

The decision was taken just 24 hours after two adults and three children were stabbed to death in their beds in the Itamar settlement near Nablus, prompting settlers to throw stones and set fire to a house in a nearby Palestinian village, and to stone cars in the southern West Bank.


First Published: Sunday, March 13, 2011, 19:40

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