Xinhua
February 25, 2013 - 12:00am
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2013-02/25/c_132191612.htm


Israel is banning Palestinians from building on more than 1,000 acres of land under the Palestinian civil control adjacent to the separation barrier, the Ha'aretz daily reported on Monday.

The lands in question are under Palestinian control according to the 1993 Oslo Accords signed between Israel and the Palestinians.

According to the Israeli Defense Forces, the ban is derived from "security reasons."

Israeli security forces are enacting several security-related causes in order to hold up Palestinians from any construction or development of the 1,160 acres (4.7 square kilometers) of land near the barrier, according to the report.

Israel constructed the separation barrier in the West Bank in the early 2000's after a wave of Palestinian attacks in the days of the second Intifada (armed uprising).

The barrier's objectors charged that the route Israel had decided upon is against international law.




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