Israeli settlers have established a new illegal outpost near the Palestinian city of Ramallah, the seventh such move in 10 days, according to local media reports.
The outpost was set up on Monday on a hilltop near the village of Deir Dibwan, east of Ramallah, with the support of Israeli occupation forces, who prevented Palestinian residents from accessing their lands, Wafa news agency reported.
The settlers brought mobile homes, tents and generators to the site, and erected a fence around it, according to eyewitnesses.
The new outpost is part of a wave of settler expansion in the occupied West Bank, where more than 600,000 Israeli settlers live in settlements that are illegal under international law and a major obstacle to peace.
According to the Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now, Israeli settlers have established at least six other outposts in the past 10 days, mostly in areas near Nablus and Hebron.
The group said the Israeli settlers were taking advantage of the political vacuum in Israel.
Peace Now warned that the new outposts could pave the way for more settlement construction and land confiscation, and called on the Israeli occupation authorities to dismantle them and hold the settlers accountable.