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The barrier's planned route has drawn heavy criticism. The United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that 10.1% of the West Bank - home to nearly 50,000 Palestinians - falls on the Israeli side.

Many Palestinians are suffering serious economic and social disadvantages as a result, with reduced access to schools and family, to work in the West Bank or Israel, and to their farmland.

The barrier loops around the settlements for about three quarters of the 240,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank.

The large sections around Ariel and Maale Adumin settlements are particularly controversial because they plunge deep into the West Bank, which Palestinians want as part of a contiguous state.

Palestinians also fear that the way the barrier divides the West Bank from occupied East Jerusalem will make their hopes for a future capital in part of the city unviable.

West Bank barrier

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