The US Secretary of State becomes the first senior American official to visit an illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank.
The Palestinian groups say US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit aims to legalise Israel’s illegal settlement policies and shows the US administration’s support to Israel.
The latest settlement plans have been submitted to Israel's Civil Administration with Defence Minister Benny Gantz' approval. More than 450,000 Israelis live in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank, excluding those in annexed East Jerusalem.
Turkish Foreign Ministry says in a statement that Palestinians were the sole owner of their own lands and the occupant policies of Israel would never change that fact.
African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat says US President Trump's controversial plan "trampled on the rights of the Palestinian people" –– a line that drew applause in main hall at AU headquarters in Ethiopia.
Tension are high a day after three Palestinians were killed and 16 Israelis injured amid Palestinian anger at US President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, unveiled last week with Israel's prime minister at his side.
Foreign Ministry says Tel Aviv has continued to usurp the rights of Palestinians by approving the construction of over 2,300 houses in the illegitimate settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The United Nations says since last year, the number of attacks by Israeli settlers on Palestinian-owned olive trees has increased three-folds.
Israeli authorities want to move villagers from Khan al Ahmar, in the occupied West Bank, to a site near Abu Dis, but the villagers refuse, saying that the site is near a refuse dump and is in an urban location where their animals cannot graze.
Israeli settlement activity threatens the existence of the historic Bedouin peoples of Palestine.
Following a UN Security Council resolution denouncing Israeli settlements in the West Bank as illegal under international law, tensions have risen among traditional allies.
Israeli government approves over 200 new settlement homes in occupied West Bank
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