Some 500 new settlement homes have been approved by the Israeli government in E. Jerusalem Monday, just days after news of the impending construction sparked tension among Palestinians, the AFP reports.
According to the non-governmental organization Peace Now, the interior ministry approved the new construction, confirming a Thursday statement indicating they were "planning" the new units, which will an extension of east Jerusalem's Rama Schlomo settlements.
The news comes on the heels of rising tension at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa compound this month, where the presence of right-wing Jewish activist and rabbi Yehuda Glick sparked violent clashes. On Thursday morning Israeli security forces shot and killed Palestinian teen Mua'taz Hijazi after he attempted to assassinate Glick in the compound, prompting security forces to block access to the compound's mosque for the first time in 14 years after a Palestinian teen
The compound has since seen protests by both Jewish and Palestinian activists and the arrest of over 100 Palestinians in the last ten days.
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