Turkey condemned on Thursday a fresh settlement building in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.
In a statement, the foreign ministry said, “We fiercely condemn Israel's confirmation of 153 new housing constructions in several illegal settlements in West Bank and East Jerusalem, which Israel has been occupying since 1967."
“Israel’s steps against the international law harm efforts for permanent peace. These steps are also unacceptable.”
The continued construction of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem - which both came under Israeli occupation following the Six-Day war in 1967 - often raises tensions between Israelis and Palestinians, and resulted in the breaking-off of peace talks between the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority.
Under international law, Israeli building in the occupied territories is illegal.
Around 500,000 settlers currently live in more than 100 communities built since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967. Almost 350,000 Palestinians reside in East Jerusalem and 2.7 million in the West Bank.
The Palestinians want these areas and the Gaza Strip to form a future Palestinian state.