Israeli soldiers fire tear gas last Friday at Palestinians protesting against West Bank settlement expansion
Israel's interior ministry has given final approval for the construction of 900 new homes in the east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhood of Har Homa, a ministry spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday. © Abbas Momani - AFP/File
Israeli soldiers fire tear gas last Friday at Palestinians protesting against West Bank settlement expansion
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Last updated: August 4, 2011

Israel approves 900 East Jerusalem settlement homes

Israel's interior ministry has given final approval for the construction of 900 new homes in the east Jerusalem settlement neighbourhood of Har Homa, a ministry spokeswoman told AFP on Thursday.

"This is a programme which was approved by the regional (planning and construction) committee two years ago," spokeswoman Efrat Orbach said.

"According to the planning process in Israel (it) needed the completion of amendments, therefore it was finally approved today."

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