Israel Freezes 19 Palestinian Construction Projects

Bethlehem,April 27 (QNA) – Israel on Sunday indicated it would freeze 19 Palestinian construction projects in the West Bank in an apparent effort to impose sanctions on the Palestinian Authority in response to a Hamas-PLO deal, Israeli media reported.

Yoav Mordechai, Israel’s coordinator of government activities in the territories, said in a Civil Administration meeting that Israel would freeze 19 construction projects that were approved in Area C as a goodwill gesture at the start of peace talks with the PLO, the Hebrew-language newspaper Maariv reported.

Mordechai said Palestinians had started an “intifada” of illegal construction in the West Bank.

“It is our duty to apply the law on everyone including illegal settlement (outpost) construction in the West Bank,” Mordechai said.

The move to freeze Palestinian construction in the West Bank would mark a third measure of sanctions against the PA since the beginning of April, reported the Palestinian news agency Maan. (QNA)

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