Israeli authorities in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, reportedly warned Palestinian residents in the area, that Israeli forces would soon uproot dozens of trees in the tourist zone of Almasoudiya.

Palestinian Chief of Israeli colonial settlements file in northern West Bank, Ghassan Daghlas, told local media outlets that Israeli authorities handed over warrants to Palestinian residents in the Almasoudiya zone, that the authorities would soon remove the trees.

Daghlas said that the area in question is considered to be a historical one and that it contains some ancient monuments including trees that are all traced back to the Ottoman Empire era, some five hundreds years ago.

Daghlas warned that such an action would further Israel’s colonial settlement plans on Palestinian-owned lands.

Israeli colonial settlement activities in the occupied West Bank have grown rapidly over the past ten years, constituting a genuine threat to a durable and lasting peace between Israel and Palestinians, based on a long-envisioned two-state solution.