Israeli soldiers invaded, earlier on Wednesday, the al-Walaja town, west of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and handed demolition orders targeting eight homes. The soldiers also ordered a halt on the construction of one home.

Secretary of the al-Walaja Local Council, Majdi Abu at-Teen, told the WAFA Palestinian News Agency that dozens of soldiers invaded Ein Jweiza area, northeast of al-Walaja, and handed the demolishing orders to the eight families.

He added that the properties belong to Hasan Nasr Abu a-Teen, Essam Abu at-Teen, Omar al-A’raj, Sa’id al-A’raj, Adham Abi Rezeq, and Salim Abi Rezeq. The soldiers also ordered Nabil Hajajla to stop the construction of his home.

The area is subject to frequent Israeli violations, including illegal confiscation of Palestinian lands and the destruction of property, for the benefit of expanding Israel’s colonies in the area to link it to Jerusalem, and for what the army calls “military considerations.”