Israeli authorities have approved more than 1100 new settlement homes in the ­occupied West Bank, the Peace Now NGO said yesterday, the latest in a raft of such moves.

The approvals were given on Wednesday by a Defence Ministry committee with authority over settlement construction.

Three hundred and fifty-two of the homes received final ­approval, while the others are at an earlier stage in the process, Hagit Ofran of Peace Now said.

A total of 1122 housing units were advanced, including seven already existing homes given retroactive approval.

Ms Ofran said the majority of the approvals are for settlements deep in the West Bank that Israel would likely need to evacuate as part of a two-state solution to the ­Israeli-­Palestinian conflict.


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