UN envoy says Israel ignoring UN demand to halt settlements

The U.N. envoy for the Mideast says Israel isn't complying with a U.N. Security Council resolution demanding a halt to all settlement activity and is continuing settlement expansion making a two-state solution "increasingly unattainable."

Nickolay Mladenov told the council Monday that in the three months from June 20 Israel's settlement activity "continued at a high rate, a consistent pattern over the course of this year."

He said activity was concentrated primarily in East Jerusalem where plans were advanced for over 2,300 housing units in July, "30 percent more than for the whole of 2016."

Mladenov stressed that the United Nations considers settlement activities illegal under international law.

He was delivering the third report on implementing last December's council resolution condemning Israeli settlements as a "flagrant violation" of international law.