The Israeli occupation has advanced plans to build 800 new settler units in the occupied West Bank.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced the move in a statement on Monday, saying the Israeli prime minister has ordered to advance the construction of the settlements.
In total, the construction of 800 houses is affected by the announcement, including over 200 units in the so-called city of Rehelim and the outpost of Nofei Nehemia, as well as 100 in Tel Menashe.
The Associated Press reported that the Israeli move “could strain ties” with the incoming administration of US President-elect Joe Biden.
The occupation regime has been building settlements for Israeli settlers in lands it occupied during the 1967 war.
Up to 600,000 Zionist settlers are now living in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and their settlements are not recognized by the UN as legal.