Planned Israeli settlements in West Bank violate international law: UN Envoy

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Robert Serry

A plan to build new Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory has been described by a top United Nations envoy as "deeply troubling".

Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process says the plan violates international law.

Charles Appel reports.

According to media reports, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the construction of 300 new housing units in the Beit El settlement hours after the parliament rejected a bill to legalize the outposts.

Robert Serry said in a statement that if Palestinians and Israelis don't resume negotiations, the two-State solution will turn into a one-State reality.

Meanwhile, the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) released a study on Thursday that says the barrier built by Israel in the West Bank is harmful to the environment and Palestinian refugees.

Land degradation, severe flooding and destruction of water sources are cited among the most devastating consequences of the barrier.

Charles Appel, United Nations

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