Several thousand Jewish settlers and their supporters sounded their horns and poured cement Sept. 23 to mark the end of a 10-month ban on construction in their settlements in the West Bank. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has urged the Israeli settlers to show restraint following the expiration of the limited construction moratorium, but residents of the Revava settlement, located near the city of Nablus in the West Bank, defied Netanyahu’s calls and participated in a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a creche. The settlers said the ceremony was a symbolic act and marked the start of the construction of up to 2,000 homes across the West Bank, Reuters reports. The news agency notes that permits for the houses were issued before Netanyahu, under international pressure, announced the construction ban late last year. Spokesmen for the settlers urged the prime minister to resist any further pressure to delay the construction of houses in the settlements.

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    As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.