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UN rights inquiry calls on Israel to halt settlements

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Thu, 31 Jan 2013 10:00 GMT
Author: Reuters
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GENEVA, Jan 31 (Reuters) - United Nations human rights investigators called on Israel on Thursday to halt settlement expansion and withdraw all Jewish settlers from the occupied West Bank, saying that its practices violated international law.

"Israel must, in compliance with article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention, cease all settlement activities without preconditions. It must immediately initiate a process of withdrawal of all settlers from the OPT (occupied Palestinian territories)," said a report by the inquiry led by French judge Christine Chanet. (Reporting by Tom Miles)

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