The Palestinian News Agency, WAFA, reported that settlers of Sal'it and
Michola, in the Northern Plains area of the  Occupied West Bank,
brought bulldozers and construction machines apparently in an attempt
to expand the two settlements and link them with a new settlement road.

The Agency added that Michola settlement is one of the first settlements constructed on Palestinian annexed lands in the occupied West Bank.

Last month, settlers of the two settlements constructed a settlement road linking Michola settlement with Sal'it. Sal'it is a new settlement that is still under construction.

Israeli Human Rights organizations said that settlers or Maskiot and Rotem, in Mady Al Maleh area, are also carrying settlement activities in an attempt to expand settlement construction in the West Bank plains.

It is worth mentioning that the Israeli government, head by the Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, from the Kadima party, declared that it intends to construct settlements, settlement roads and other settlement expansion activities in order to isolate the Plains area from the rest of the West Bank.

Israeli Authorities bars residents of the West Bank from entering the plains area in the West Bank under the pretext that they “do not live their”, thus officially isolating it from the rest of the occupied West Bank.

The plains areas in the West Bank are well known of their fertile lands that produces most of the vegetables and fruits in the West Bank.