Italy says it is concerned about recent Israeli plans to build hundreds of new settlement units in the West Bank

Italy has expressed deep concern about the Israeli occupation’s plan to build new 800 illegal settlement units on the Palestinians lands in the occupied West Bank, stressing that expanding settlements in the West Bank violates the international law.

"Italy reiterates its deep concern about the recent Israeli decision to go ahead with the decision to build nearly 800 new houses in several settlements in the West Bank," said the Italian Foreign Ministry in a statement, according to the Palestinian WAFA News Agency.

"The expansion of settlements in the West Bank violates international law and could irreparably undermine the viability of a just, sustainable two-State solution in line with internationally recognized parameters and the relevant UN resolutions," the ministry added, urging “Israel” to reconsider its decision.

Earlier, the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated that the settlement building activities carried out by the Israeli occupation in the occupied Palestinian territories are illegal and they constitute a flagrant violation of international law, calling for halting these operations.

 Hamda Mustafa