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Palestinian: new Israeli settlements a provocation

(AP) Palestinian: new Israeli settlements a provocation
The Palestinian U.N. envoy is accusing Israel of carrying out “an immediate provocation” following the U.N.’s recognition of the state of Palestine by announcing the expansion of settlements which he denounced as illegal.

Riyad Mansour said the Palestinians “will continue to extend our hand in peace” but warned that continued provocations could lead to unspecified actions.

Diplomats in the General Assembly chamber burst into applause when Mansour was called on to speak Friday following the annual adoption of five Palestinian-related resolutions and one on the Golan Heights.

Sitting behind a nameplate saying “State of Palestine” for the first time, Mansour called Thursday’s overwhelming vote in the assembly to raise the Palestinians’ status to a nonmember observer state historic for his people and the United Nations.

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