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ISRAEL SEIZES 8 SQUARE KM OF LAND IN WEST BANK’S JORDAN VALLEY REGION

ISRAEL SEIZES 8 SQUARE KM OF LAND IN WEST BANK’S JORDAN VALLEY REGION


Israel seized 8 square kilometers (about 3 square miles) of land in the Jordan Valley in the occupied West Bank for the establishment of hundreds of settlement units, an Israeli media outlet reported on Friday.

‘8,000 dunums (8 square kilometers) in the Jordan Valley have been allocated as Israeli lands for the construction of hundreds of residential units, in addition to an area designated for industry, commerce, and employment,’ the Israel Broadcasting Authority stated.

It explained: ‘Planning the residential units in the area announced as state lands currently may take about a year, and it will require political-level approval.’

The authority quoted Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who signed the confiscation decision, as saying: ‘Issuing declarations on state lands is an important and strategic matter.’

He added: ‘This declaration will allow the continuation of building and strengthening the Jordan Valley. At a time when there are those who seek to undermine our rights in Judea and Samaria (the Wes
t Bank) and the country in general, we are strengthening settlements through serious and strategic work throughout the country.’ — Anadolu news agency

Source: National news agency – Lebanon