Palestinian Authority said to sever ties with the Quartet

A pro Palestinian demonstrator carrying a placard depicting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joins others during a protest outside the gates of Downing Street in London

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The Israeli government has announced plans to build 800 new homes for Israeli settlers in and around occupied East Jerusalem, Israeli daily newspaper Haaretz reported Sunday night.

On Friday, Liebermann also authorized the building of extra 42 housing units in the West Bank, reopening a construction tender frozen more than a year ago due to the lack of bidders.

The Secretary-General strongly criticizes the decision by Israeli authorities to advance plans to build some 560 housing units in the West Bank settlement of Maale Adumim, as well as the advancement of plans to build 240 housing units in a number of settlements in occupied East Jerusalem, Mr. Bans spokesperson said in a statement.

Israeli security forces have struggled to respond after months of attacks on Israeli civilians and security forces, as well as protests against Israeli occupation of lands claimed by Palestinians.

The offices of Netanyahu and Lieberman refused to comment on the reports of the approvals for homes in east Jerusalem or Maale Adumim.

This comes in addition to the array of steps already taken up by the Israeli government in the wake of the brutal murder of 13-year old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a U.S. citizen, by a Palestinian assailant on Thursday.

Also last Friday, 48-year-old Israeli Michael Mark was killed when his auto was sacked on by suspected Palestinian gunmen south of Hebron.

Israel said it welcomed the Quartet's recognition of Palestinian incitement and violence but it was not happy with the criticism of settlement building.

The amount is to be cut by the equivalent of the fiscal support paid to militants' families, Netanyahu's office said.

The overnight demolitions took place in the Qalandia refugee camp, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, with four Palestinians wounded in ensuing clashes, an AFP reporter said.

The Quartet suggest that each side must "independently demonstrate, through policies and actions, a genuine commitment to the two-state solution" and to "refrain from unilateral steps that prejudice the outcome of the final negotiations." the United Nations said in a press release. These included the lockdown of the entire district of Hebron, where 700,000 people reside.

Israel routinely demolishes homes of Palestinian assailants in what it says is a means to deter further attacks.

The leader of an influential Palestinian organization threatened on Saturday to cause financial harm to any Palestinian businesses joining the first Israeli-Palestinian mall now under construction in the northeastern Jerusalem.

At least 214 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, an Eritrean and a Sudanese have been killed since October.

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