On Monday, Israeli soldiers uprooted hundreds of olive trees, in Marda village, north of Salfit, in the central part of the occupied West Bank.

Nasfat Al-Khoffash, the head of Marda Village Council, said the soldiers invaded the western area of the village and uprooted hundreds of perennial olive trees as part of a project to install water pipelines for the illegal segregated colonies built on stolen Palestinian lands in the Salfit governorate.

He added that the Israeli waterlines project is still ongoing and will lead to thousands of perennial trees uprooting.

Al-Khoffash also said that the orchards Israel is uprooting are filled with olive trees, the only source of livelihood for dozens of families in the area.

Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, and various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Humanitarian Law.