Palestinians clash with Israeli soldiers at protest near Beit El settlement

Palestinian demonstrators are seen next to burning tires during a protest over tension in Jerusalem Al-Quds and Israel-Gaza escalation, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, May 16, 2021. (Photo by Reuters)

Palestinians clashed with Israel's soldiers at a protest near the Beit El settlement as fighting between Gaza's Hamas and Israel entered a seventh day.

Beit El settlement is a source of tension for Palestinians, who want to establish a state in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. They say Jewish settlements will deny them contiguous territory.

In October, Israel approved more than 1,300 new settler homes in the occupied West Bank in the first such go-ahead since it suspended annexation plans in the territory. A statement from Beit El settlement said 350 new housing units would be built there.

In January, an announcement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said about 800 homes would be built in the settlements of Beit El and Givat Zeev, north of Jerusalem, and in Tal Menashe, Rehelim, Shavei Shomron, Barkan and Karnei Shomron in the northern West Bank. It gave no starting date for construction.

(Source: Reuters) 

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