Israel to approve 1,700 new settlement units

Israeli municipality authorities will discuss the details of the plan for the new neighborhood in Al-Quds (East Jerusalem) on Wednesday.

Israel to approve 1,700 new settlement units

World Bulletin / News Desk

Israeli municipality authorities have announced a plan to build a new neighborhood in the south of Al-Quds (occupied East Jerusalem).

According to the Israeli Yediot Ahronot daily, the neighborhood will include 1,700 new settlement units.

Israeli municipality authorities will discuss the details of the plan for the new neighborhood, which will be named Moradot Arnona, on Wednesday.

Last week, Israeli authorities unveiled plans to build new 1,400 settlement unites in the West Bank.

Palestinians insist that Israeli settlement building must stop before a comprehensive Israeli-Palestinian final-status agreement can be reached.

Washington-sponsored peace talks were resumed last July after a three-year hiatus.

Both the UN and the US consider Israeli settlement activity on occupied Palestinian land to be a breach of international law.

Israel returns remains of two Palestinians

Israeli authorities on Tuesday returned the remains of two Palestinians to their families for burial.

The remains of Fathi Jihad and Ibrahim Samahna have been returned, Salem Khelah, the head of a Palestinian group that campaigns for the return of the bodies, told Anadolu Agency.

A funeral will be held on Wednesday for the two dead Palestinians, he said.

The remains of another Palestinian, Shadi Ibrahim Shaker, will be transferred on Sunday for burial, the group campaigning for the return of the bodies said in a statement.

Scores of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops during the Second Intifada between 2000 and 2003 were buried by Israel in a cemetery in the Jordan Valley known as "the Numbers Graveyard."

In October, Israel's Supreme Court allowed Palestinian families to take DNA tests with the aim of identifying the bodies of departed relatives buried in the cemetery.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Ocak 2014, 11:59