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Israel excludes Ariel from barrier route; Islamic Jihad chief held

The Israeli cabinet has decided not to build its controversial West Bank barrier around the Jewish settlement of Ariel, but will erect a separate fence around the community. The decision came as ministers Wednesday approved a new 100-million-dollar section of the barrier, which has been sharply criticised by the United States. Hardline ministers had been pushing for Ariel to be included within the route of the barrier. The plan approved by a large majority of the ministers would see the settlement protected by a separate fence that could well, however, be later linked with the main barrier. The new 45-kilometer (28-mile) section would begin at the settlement of Elkana in the north of the West Bank and stretch to the Ofer military base, near Jerusalem. Full Story

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