A top UN envoy on Wednesday bashed Israel’s ongoing settlement building on Palestinian land, saying it breached international law and made the chances of peaceful settlement ever more remote.
Addressing the UN Security Council, peace envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned that Israel has advanced or approved plans for some 22,000 settler homes in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, these past three years. Tenders for another 8,000 units have been issued.
This month alone, Israel has despatched bulldozers to demolish or seize eight Palestinian-owned properties, resulting in 20 people being forced to move, said Mladenov, the UN’s special coordinator
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