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Israel approves 153 illegal settler homes in east Jerusalem

Approval is latest in rising number since Donald Trump became president of United States
Israel has promised to boost building in illegal settlements like Maale Adumim, in east Jerusalem (AFP)

Israeli officials gave final approval Thursday to 153 east Jerusalem settler homes, the deputy mayor said, adding to a sharp increase in such projects since US President Donald Trump took office.

Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman told AFP the approvals by a city planning committee were among those held up due to pressure from former US president Barack Obama's administration.

Following Trump's inauguration, Turgeman spoke of plans for some 11,000 homes in process for annexed east Jerusalem.

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