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Amnesty slams Gaza blockade, settlements in annual report

Israel is criticized for violating the human rights of West Bank and Gaza Palestinians in Amnesty International's yearly report on the state of the world's human rights released on Wednesday.
"Israel maintained its blockade of Gaza, prolonging the humanitarian crisis there, and continued aggressively to expand settlements in the Palestinian West Bank territory it has occupied since 1967," the report posited.
Amnesty accused Israel of "forcing from their homes" Palestinians in the West Bank and east Jerusalem and slammed the government for demolishing unrecognized villages and homes belonging to Negev Beduin.
The report was particularly critical of Israel's settlement policy, accusing the Jewish State of working in opposition to international law.
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