Israel to expand West Bank homes

Israel Materials 7 September 2009 13:37 (UTC +04:00)

Israel has officially approved the construction of nearly 400 new homes in the occupied West Bank, the Israeli defence ministry has announced.

It says the decision to build 366 housing units has been authorised by Defence Minister Ehud Barak, BBC reported.

This is the first new government-approved construction project in the West Bank since PM Benjamin Netanhyahu came to power in March.

It comes despite a US pressure to halt building at settlements.