Israeli Occupation Approves Building of New Settlement Near Gaza Strip

Israeli occupation Planning and Building Council on Sunday, 5 February 2023 approved the establishment of a new illegal settlement near the Gaza Strip under the name Hanoun, comprising 500 Israeli settler families.

The new far-right Israeli government approved during its weekly meeting which was held in Netanyahu’s office in occupied Jerusalem the establishment of the ‘Hanun’ settlement in the east of Kibbutz Saad in the Gaza envelope within the Sdot Hanegev Regional Council.

The new illegal Israeli settlement is scheduled to accommodate 500 colonial Israeli families.  The Israeli government will allocate one million shekels (323,000 dollars) to build its own infrastructure, according to Israeli press media.

Hanoun is a temporary name that will be given to the new settlement, and it is the first to be approved for construction in the Gaza envelope in years.

The Gaza envelope is used to refer to the more than 50 illegal Israeli settlements adjacent to and close to the Gaza Strip.

It’s worth noting that the number of colonial Israeli settlers in the Gaza envelope increased from about 42,000 in 2009 to about 55,000 in 2019, an increase of 30.6 percent, according to a report by the Hebrew economic website Globes.

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