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Israel approves plans for Palestinian homes in occupied West Bank

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Tel Aviv: Israel has approved a plan to build 1,133 homes for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank. The move comes after endorsing the plan to build over 3000 homes for Israelis in the same region.

Plans or requests to build homes in this area are often denied by Israel, and buildings that are considered illegal are demolished.

A spokesperson for the Civil Administration told the AFP that the high planning committee recently approved 170 more homes. They will be built throughout Area C, a large swathe of the West Bank. The same committee had approved 1,800 Jewish settler homes in the West Bank on Wednesday.

Palestinian groups said that the new homes will only serve a small fraction of the need. 60% of the West Bank is under complete control of Israel.

Twelve European nations and the US had urged Israel to reverse its plans to build more homes in the West Bank stating that it "undermines efforts for the two-state solution."

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