Israel continues to build

Israel to expand security barrier

Israel says it needs the fence to protect it from Palestinian attacks
The Israeli cabinet has approved the next phase of a controversial fence it is building in the West Bank to stop Palestinian suicide bombers.
The new fence will not be immediately connected to the barrier built so far, as a concession to Israel's main ally, the US.

However, sections will be built around several Jewish settlements in the heart of the West Bank.

The US administration said its view on the fence as problematic had not changed, but he fell short of any detailed criticism of Israel's latest decision.

The Israeli cabinet decision comes a day after a United Nations report condemned the barrier as illegal and tantamount to "an unlawful act of annexation

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