The number of Jewish settlers living on occupied Palestinian land increased by nearly 4 percent in 2007, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics said on Sunday.
The Bureau of Statistics said in a report that 483,453 settlers lived on West Bank land as well as in Jewish settlements in and around Arab East Jerusalem at the end of last year, compared to 466,005 at the end of 2006, a 3.7 percent increase.
Palestinians, who number about 2.5 million in the West Bank, want the land as part of a future state.
World powers view settlements as illegal under international law, including the Geneva Conventions. Israel ignores this.
Palestinians point to Jewish settlement expansion, particularly in and around Jerusalem, as the biggest obstacle to U.S.-sponsored statehood talks launched last November by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
The Palestinian Bureau of Statistics counted 440 occupation sites in the West Bank, including settlements, outposts and military bases.
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