Israel okays 829 new settler homes in West Bank: NGO

Israel okays 829 new settler homes in West Bank: NGO
A picture taken on September 13, 2010 shows then new construction in the Jewish settlement of Givat Zeev in the West Bank, north of Jerusalem.

JERUSALEM - Israeli authorities have given the go-ahead for the construction of 829 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank, settlement watchdog Peace Now said on Monday.

"The construction of 829 homes has been approved by a committee of the Israeli military in charge of the West Bank," said Lior Amihai, a Peace Now official.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that ongoing settlement building by Israel in the Palestinian territories threatens the future of the Middle East peace process.

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