Israeli bulldozers Monday proceeded to raze Palestinian lands in the village of Huwwara, south of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, according to Ghassan Daghlas.

Daghlas, a local who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the area, told WAFA that Israeli bulldozers began razing lands early in the morning, near the village’s military checkpoint, in preparation for building a bypass road for illegal Israeli settlers.

Israel also started the construction of an 8-kilometer-long road that will connect the colonial settlements of Eli and Shilo in the Nablus district with other colonial settlements in the occupied Jordan Valley to the east.

This in the greater context of Israel’s plans for building thousands of units for Israeli settlers, while at the same time demolishing the homes of Palestinian families. Under international law all settlements built on occupied territories are illegal, as is the practice of collective punishment.