The Israeli regime has approved construction of 69 new illegal settler units in East al - Quds(Jerusalem), despite widespread international criticism of settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The settler homes will be built in Har Homa, a settlement neighborhood in the southern sector of East al - Quds which Israel occupied in 1967, an Israeli official said on Wednesday.

On June 13, an Israeli regime spokesman said that Tel - Aviv would build more than 1,000 new illegal units in two West Bank settlements namely Itamar and Bruchin.

On the same day, Nabil Shaath, an adviser to acting Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas, said the latest Israeli move shows Tel Aviv “is destroying the two - state solution and the prospects of a peace deal in deeds and words. ”

On June 15, Secretary - General of the United Nations Ban Ki - moon criticized the settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank, calling the move a “violation of international law. ”

The Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestine have created a major obstacle to the Middle East peace process.

More than half a million Israelis live in over 120 illegal settlements built since Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and East al - Quds in 1967.