Israel’s continued settlement expansion on Palestinian territories has been a major sticking point in Israeli-Palestinian talks, which have stalled since 2014.

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An Ultra-Orthodox Jew prays outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs or the Ibrahimi Mosque in the divided West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), on June 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
An Ultra-Orthodox Jew prays outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs or the Ibrahimi Mosque in the divided West Bank city of al-Khalil (Hebron), on June 29, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

A new report says Israel has so far occupied more than 85 percent or some 27,000 square kilometers of historical territories of Palestine in an expropriation process which still continues unabated.

Ola Awad, the president of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), announced the grim news in a report carried by the Palestinian Ma’an news agency on Thursday, the eve of the 43rd anniversary of the Land Day.

In late March of 1976, Israeli troops killed six Palestinians, wounded 100 others and detained hundreds more who had held peaceful demonstrations against Israel’s confiscation of 21,000 dunams (5,189 acres) of their land.

Palestinians, both at home and overseas, have been marking the event known as the Land Day with rallies and remembrance ever since.

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