Israeli soldiers bulldozed, Tuesday, large areas of Palestinian agricultural lands, owned by the residents of Jaloud town, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus, to prepare for expanding an illegal colony.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers bulldozed the Palestinian lands to expand the illegal Shvut Rachel illegal colony which was built on stolen Palestinian lands.

He added that the lands are owned by the residents of Jaloud and are in Basin #13 in the al-Khafafeesh area.

Daghlas also stated that Israeli is planning the expansion of eight illegal colonies and outposts, built on stolen Palestinian lands in the southern areas of Nablus.

The colonies and outposts are Shilo, Shvut Rachel, Amichai, Ahiya, Aadi Ad, Esh Kodesh, Kida, and Hada’at.

In related news, the soldiers attacked, on Tuesday evening, a nonviolent procession near Nablus, causing many Palestinians to suffer the effects of tear gas inhalation, in addition to shooting one journalist in the leg and causing damage to an ambulance.

All of Israel’s colonies in the West Bank, including those in and around occupied Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law and the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations resolutions.

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