NABLUS, January 16, 2013 (WAFA) – Israeli settlers Wednesday began work on expanding two illegal settlements north of the West Bank, said local sources.
Witnesses said that settlers began razing land near the settlement of Maskiot, north of the Jordan Valley, and Elon Moreh, northeast of Nablus.
Head of al-Maleh village council, Aref Daraghma, said settlers have razed land in the area surrounding Maskiot in order to add housing units to it.
Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlement activities in the north of the West Bank, said that five bulldozers were seen working in the area surrounding Elon Moreh clearly to expand the illegal settlement.
He said the settlers opened fire at the residents who gathered near the land and drove them away from the area.The French news agency AFP said the Israeli Ministry of Housing has published tenders for the construction of 198 housing units in West Bank settlements one week before national elections in which Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to win.