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Israel plans West Bank housing construction

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Construction and Housing Ministry said it would build more than 300 homes in two West Bank settlements.

Monday’s call for bids to build the new housing came as part of plans by the ministry to build 6,900 new homes in 38 Israeli cities.

The plans call for 294 apartments in Betar Ilit, located six miles south of Jerusalem, and another 42 apartments in Karnei Shomron, which is in the northern West Bank near Kalkilya.

The Palestinian Authority condemned the planned homes, saying that Israel’s building in the West Bank only reinforced PA plans to turn to the United Nations in September to achieve statehood.

It will take up to three years to build the homes. The developers must secure their own building permits, the ministry said.  
 

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