U.N. Chief Condemns Israeli Building

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United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (Rick Bajornas/United Nations via AP)
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. (Rick Bajornas/United Nations via AP)

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has condemned Israeli plans to build a new communities and establish an industrial zone in Yehudah and Shomron.

Spokesman Farhan Haq said Tuesday that Ban was particularly concerned that “the establishment of a new settlement near Shiloh will make the prospect of a viable, contiguous Palestinian state more remote.”

Monitoring group Peace Now said that the Israeli government approved plans to build 98 housing units, as well as the creation of a new industrial zone west of the Palestinian city of Ramallah.

“The Secretary-General urges Israel to halt and reverse such counterproductive decisions in the interests of peace and a just final-status agreement,” Haq said.