A new settler outpost appeared just days after Netanyahu ordered the construction of 1,000 new homes in illegal settlements.
Settlers, aided by the Israeli army, have established a new illegal outpost on private Palestinian land near the village of Lubban Ash-Sharqiya on the highway between Ramallah and Nablus.
The outpost is located between Lubban ash-Sharqiya and Sinzil, where four Israeli settlers were shot dead in the illegal settlement of Eli in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday.
The settlers were killed by two Palestinian gunmen a day after five Palestinians, including a child Ahmed Saqr, were killed in the Jenin refugee camp, injuring at least 91 people in a nine-hour raid. The second child, Sadil Naghnaghieh, died of his wounds on Wednesday morning.
New outposts near village settlers have recently been attacked
Settlers set up six mobile homes Thursday morning, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.
Israeli army bulldozers leveled land in the area to set up settlement outposts, Wafa correspondent said.
Lubban Ash-Sharqiya, a village targeted by settler attacks after gunfire near Eli on Wednesday night.
In the attack, at least three people were hospitalized with injuries from live ammunition, while 45 people required treatment for rubber-coated bullet injuries.
One child, Ismail Wais, was reportedly beaten on the head and back by the settlers.
— WAFA News Agency – English (@WAFANewsEnglish) June 20, 2023
Israel approves 1,000 new homes in illegal settlement
The latest move comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved the construction of 1,000 new homes in the illegal settlement of Eli in response to an attack that killed four settlers.
Netanyahu and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich “agreed to proceed immediately” with the plan, a statement from the prime minister’s office said, without elaborating on the timetable.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday called on Israel to immediately “cease all settlement activities” in the occupied Palestinian territories, describing Israel’s plans to advance settlement construction as “provocative and violent” and a major obstacle to lasting peace. .