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Houses are seen in the West Bank Jewish settlement of Har Gilo, near Jerusalem July 18, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is deeply concerned about Israel's reported plans to build an additional 323 units in settlements in East Jerusalem on top of previously announced 770 units in the settlement of Gilo, the U.S. State Department said.

Such action by Israel "continues this pattern of provocative and counterproductive action," State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

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