The Palestinians are condemning Israel for announcing plans for new settlement construction immediately after the U.N. recognised the state of Palestine and are demanding urgent international action to stop what he called “this latest Israeli provocation.”

Palestinian envoy Riyad Mansour said in letters sent late Monday to the secretary-general, Security Council and General Assembly that at the same time that Palestinian leaders reaffirmed their readiness to resume peace negotiations, “Israel continues to flagrantly pursue its illegal policies and practices.”

More In: International | News