Several illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded and illegally occupied, Thursday, privately-owned Palestinian lands in the al-Makhrour area, in Beit Jala city, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

Hasan Breijiyya, the coordinator of the National Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in Bethlehem, said the colonists invaded and illegally occupied 4 Dunams (0.988 Acres) of Palestinian lands.

He added that the colonists mounted barbed-wire fences around the illegally occupied Palestinian lands, and started preparing for installing mobile homes, and infrastructure.

Breijiyya stated that the violation is part of illegal Israeli plans to occupy large areas of Palestinian lands in al-Makhrour and al-Qaseer areas, west of Bethlehem, to build and expands its colonies.

All colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention to which Israel is a signatory and a constant violator, in addition to various related international resolutions and agreements.