Most of illegal Israeli settlements initially started as small outposts, then legalised retroactively
Pre-empting visit of US President Donald Trump to the region, Israeli settlers have started building new settlement in north-eastern West Bank city of Tubas.
The Palestinian official, who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank, Aref Daraghma, said that a group of the Israeli Jewish settlers had installed mobile homes and solar panels in the area where the village of Khirbet Al-Sweida once stood in the northern Jordan Valley.
Daraghma added that the settlers had also brought construction equipment and material, and begun digging a pool in the area.
Previously, the Israeli occupation forces forcefully evacuated the Palestinians residents who lived in Khirbet Al-Sweida, clearly noting a need for building an Israeli settlement in the area.
A spokesperson for the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said: “The constructions in this area were illegally built without the required approval of the qualified authorities.”
This is at least the third illegal settlement to have been built since the beginning of the year. One was built in Nablus and the other was built in Ramallah.
It is worth mentioning that this is how most of the illegal Israeli settlements were initially started.