Israel legalizes West Bank outpost

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An Israeli soldier aims his rifle at Palestinians during an army search operation in the Palestinian village of Burqin, about 18 kilometers northwest of Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Israel granted legal status on Sunday to a previously unauthorized outpost in the occupied West Bank in response to a Palestinian shooting attack last month that killed one of its residents. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision to retroactively authorize the 50-family outpost of Havat Gilad was meant to «allow the continuation of normal life there.» The decision was approved unanimously by Israel›s cabinet. Palestinian officials condemned the move. — AFP/Reuters


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