UN chief "alarmed" by Israel's decision to claim West Bank land

September 1, 2014 10:43 PM

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UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon expressed alarm Monday at Israel's declaration of some 400 hectares in the West bank as "state land."

"The secretary-general is alarmed by yesterday's announcement by Israeli authorities to declare as so-called 'state land' nearly 1,000 acres of land in the Bethlehem area of the West Bank," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson.

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