Israel asked to halt settlement expansion-UN

The United Nations says Israel is flagrantly violating international law by expanding settlements in the occupied West Bank and east Jerusalem al-Quds.

The UN called for an immediate cessation to the advancement of all settlement activity.

The call was made at a session on the implementation of a 2016 Security Council resolution. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and UN Mideast envoy Tour Wennesland reported on the implementation the resolution that declared settlements have “no legal validity.”

During the meeting, UN officials warned that Israeli settlements are a major obstacle to a solution to the decades-long conflict in the occupied territories.

Guterres’ 12-page report called on Israel to end the demolition of Palestinian homes and other property as well as the displacement of Palestinians.

On Thursday, Israel advanced plans for 31 new settlement construction projects in the occupied West Bank.

Wennesland said he was “deeply troubled” by Israel’s approval of a plan to add 540 housing units to the Har Homa settlement in East Jerusalem Al-Quds as well as the establishment of settlement outposts.

“I again underscore, in no uncertain terms, that Israeli settlements constitute a flagrant violation of United Nations resolutions and international law,” the UN envoy said. “They are a major obstacle to the achievement of a two-state solution and a just, lasting and comprehensive peace.”

“The advancement of all settlement activity must cease immediately,” Wennesland said.

By Africafrique and agencies

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