Israel starts construction of settlements in East Jerusalem Al Quds

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Israel starts construction of settlements in East Jerusalem Al Quds

RIYADH - Israeli authorities have started construction work on a controversial settlement project in the occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds, which they had previously halted over opposition from the former US administration.

Israeli media said plans were revived for the construction of some 1,600 settler units in the Givat Hamatos of East Jerusalem al-Quds on Sunday night.

Heavy machinery were seen in the area, according to Israeli Channel 10.

The neighborhood, where the new units are to be built, is located on the other side of the pre-1967 borders, or the so-called Green Line, meaning that the location is part of the territory that Palestinians want as a future independent state.

Israel has for long been building settlements in such territory in an attempt to dim chances for the establishment of any future Palestinian state. The administration of former US president Barack Obama had been at odds with Tel Aviv over such construction.

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) last year approved a resolution that calls on Israel to immediately and completely cease all settlement activities on occupied Palestinian territory, including the West Bank, where East Jerusalem al-Quds is located.

The passing of that resolution was made possible by the US’s uncharacteristic decision to abstain and not veto the document. All the other 14 members of the UNSC voted for the resolution.

The new US administration, of President Donald Trump, has denounced the passing of that resolution and has hinted several times that it supports Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel.