EU condemns expansion of settlements by Israeli-occupation regime

The European Union Wednesday expressed "grave concern" and condemned the decision of the Israeli-occupation regime to allow Israelis to establish a permanent presence in the outpost in Homesh in the occupied West Bank.

EU Lead Spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy, Peter Stano, in a statement urged the Israeli-occupation regime to reverse this and its decisions taken on May 17 to advance plans for more than 600 housing units in existing and new settlements in the West Bank.

"Settlements are illegal under international law and undermine the viability of the two-state solution. Such unilateral actions go against efforts to lower tensions on the ground," he said.

Further, the statement said, "The EU is appalled to learn that the Palestinian community of Ein Samiya in the occupied West Bank, which comprises 172 people, including 78 children, was forced to leave their homes permanently, as a result of repeated settler attacks and demolition orders." "The EU firmly condemns settler violence and calls on Israel to ensure accountability," it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency