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Israeli settlements remain illegal under international law: Italy
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Hebron , ALRAY - The Italian consulate denied allegations that the visit of the Italian Minister of Tourism and Culture Massimo Bray to Hebron was in solidarity with  Israeli settlers.

In a statement released on Saturday evening  , the minister assured that his visit was part of a mission to "contribute to Palestinian institutional building in the field of culture and tourism promotion."

 The statement added that the minister had visited the Old City of Hebron and had, "sorrowfully seen the consequences of occupation in order to give testimony about them," stressing that Italy's official position is that "settlements remain illegal under international law."

The minister visited Hebron under the guidance of the Temporary International Presence in Hebron, a civilian observer mission that records violations of international humanitarian law and other incidents which occur in the city.