Israeli soldiers accompanied, Thursday, dozens of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers into the archaeological site in Sebastia Palestinian town, northwest of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, defying a closure by Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Nablus governor in an effort to stop the spread of coronavirus disease.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said the invasion comes in defiance of the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid large gatherings, in addition to a decision by the Palestinian governor, and the Tourism Ministry to close the site as a precaution, due to the current Coronavirus outbreak.

He added that the soldiers closed many roads around the site, before invading it along with the illegal colonists.

Azem stated that the Palestinian Authority has been taking various serious measures across the occupied West Bank, to contain and prevent the spread of the disease.

The army frequently invades the site to accompany dozens, and in some cases hundreds, of colonists into the area, after closing it and forcing the Palestinians away.

The number of confirmed “Covid-19” cases in Israel currently stands at 100, while 31 confirmed cases have been recorded in the West Bank.