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13 European states call on Israel to halt plan for 3,000 West Bank settler homes

This file photo from October 13, 2021, shows construction in the Israeli settlement of Rahalim, located near the Palestinian village of Yatma, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)
This file photo from October 13, 2021, shows construction in the Israeli settlement of Rahalim, located near the Palestinian village of Yatma, south of Nablus in the northern West Bank. (Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP)

A group of 12 European countries urges Israel to scrap plans for the construction of more than 3,000 homes in West Bank settlements.

A day after the US criticized the plan, France, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland and Sweden say in a joint statement that Israel should “immediately” reverse its decision to build the homes.

The United Kingdom, which is no longer part of the European Union, separately issues a similar statement.

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