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US hits out over Jewish homes for E. Jerusalem

By Agencies in Jerusalem ( China Daily ) Updated: 2014-11-14 08:08:15

Construction project viewed as being potentially explosive in tense climate

Israeli authorities gave preliminary approval on Wednesday for 200 homes to be built in a Jewish area of East Jerusalem, a move that threatens to push Israelis and Palestinians deeper into conflict after weeks of unrest over the city's holiest sites.

The announcement came hours before US Secretary of State John Kerry was scheduled to arrive in Jordan on a mission aimed in part at restoring calm. A US State Department spokeswoman said Washington is deeply concerned by the decision.

US hits out over Jewish homes for E. Jerusalem

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