40% of West Bank is under control of Israeli Settlements

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AMMAN — The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) stated on Saturday, September 17, that approximately 40 percent of the total area of the West Bank is currently under the direct control of Israeli settlements.اضافة اعلان

This was mentioned in a report issued by the PLO's National Office for Defending Land and Resisting Settlements on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Oslo Accords for interim peace between Palestinians and Israel, Khaberni News reported.

According to the report, the number of settlements in Palestinian territories reached 158 by the end of the current year, housing approximately 700,000 to 750,000 settlers, in addition to 15,000 to 20,000 settlers living in over 200 settlement outposts.

Escalating occupation
The report estimated that the number of Israeli settlers in the West Bank and East Jerusalem has exceeded 750,000, which is seven times the number in 1993 when the Oslo Accords were signed.

According to the report, since the signing of the Oslo Accords, Israel has escalated settlement activities, including the opening of bypass roads and issuing military orders to take control of Palestinian lands.

The report stated that Israel's settlement activities are "contrary to what was stipulated in the Oslo Accords, which stated that neither party should initiate or take any steps to change the situation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip pending the outcome of final status negotiations."

The report pointed out that the current Israeli government aims to increase the number of settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, to around one million settlers within the next two years.

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