The report of further expansion comes amid heightened tensions in the occupied West Bank, one day after veteran Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli army in the Jenin refugee camp.
Palestinians hold weekly rallies in different parts across the occupied West Bank to protest illegal Jewish settlements.
Israeli construction ministry said it published tenders for 1,355 residences for Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank amid reports that Tel Aviv was expected to move forward with constructing thousands of new houses this week.
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