JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Jerusalem planning committee has given preliminary approval for the construction of at least 200 housing units in an eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighbourhood.
The approval Wednesday is for the Ramot neighbourhood on the northern edge of Jerusalem.
The project is several stages and several years away from the start of actual construction.
The housing is slated to be built on private land owned by a haredi Orthodox group, according to the Associated Press.
The announcement comes as Palestinian rioting continues in eastern Jerusalem and following the announcement earlier this month of plans for at least 1,000 apartments in two other eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighbourhoods.
On Wednesday, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Jordan to talk about the tensions in Jerusalem with King Abdullah II.