Israel is preparing to expand its activities in four illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank amid the international outcry against the Tel Aviv regime?s land grab policies.

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Israeli media reported on Monday that Tel Aviv has grabbed about four square-kilometers of Palestinian land near the settlements of Kedumim, Vered Yericho, Neveh Tzuf and Emanuel.

According to the reports, Tel Aviv has made preparations to construct 18 residential projects in these areas, with more than 99 percent of the occupied land being allocated to settlements.

Israel is facing widespread global condemnation over its settlement construction in the occupied Palestinian lands.

Earlier on Sunday, Israeli officials approved the construction of 64 new settler units in the illegal Ramot settlement .

On Monday, Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian official, slammed Israel?s decision to build the new settler units, saying Tel Aviv?s expansionist policies make a strong case for the Palestinians to sue the regime at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel?s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank including East Jerusalem al-Quds.

Much of the international community regards the Israeli settlements as illegal because the territories were captured by Israel in the 1967 war and are hence subject to the Geneva Conventions, which forbid construction on the occupied lands.

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Source: Presstv.com

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