Abouth 300 Palestinians injured in renewed clashes with Israeli forces

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A further 2,500 settlement units are in the advanced planning stage, with authorities publishing tenders for 800 of them yesterday.

Construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank can not help broker peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website on Saturday.

"It is also clear that the continuation of Israeli settlement activities undermines the prospects of a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, reducing the chances of achieving a just and reliable peace in the Middle East", it added.

Losing significant funding from its largest donor, the United States, could be "catastrophic" for Palestinians, said a UN agency that provides aid to Palestinian refugees.

"The construction of settlements in occupied territory is unquestionably illegal under global law".

Pence also mentioned that the past 20 years have seen US administrations and Congress recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but none of them were "brave enough to take a step forward and implement this policy on the ground".

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The Israeli occupation of the West Bank is viewed as illegal under global law and the UN Security Council regards the country as an occupying power.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem at the end of the 1967 war with Syria, Egypt and Jordan; the western half of the holy city had been captured in the 1948 Arab-Israeli war.

"This agenda runs counter to Israel's national interest, as well as the interests of everyone who seeks a peaceful future in the region", the group said. Last August, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed his country would continue building and developing settlements in the West Bank.

Palestinians burn portraits of President Donald Trump, and the US and Israeli flag during protest against Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital in Rafah the southern Gaza on Friday.

He said he also invited President Abbas to visit Ireland, and assured him that he would receive a warm welcome from the Irish people.

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