Twenty caravans have been installed by Israeli settlers in occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank, reports the Ma’an news agency. The installation came hours before a moratorium on new settlements in the West Bank, announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last November, was due to expire. Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said last week that if the settlement freeze ended, peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel would stop. However the head of the Arab Studies Society's Mapping and Geographic Information Systems Department in Jerusalem, Kahlil Al Tafakji, has said settlement building has not ceased during the moratorium, and also said twenty thousand new settlers have moved into the West Bank since the freeze was announced. A report by the Israeli organisation Peace Now says thirteen thousand new homes have been approved for construction in the West Bank.