Israeli bulldozers, on Tuesday morning, razed a large tract of Palestinian land, which belongs to the Nablus-district villagers of Jalud, in order to expand the nearby illegal Israeli colonial settlements, the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) reported.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors Israeli settlement activities in the northern West Bank, said that settlers escorted bulldozers to al-Khafafish area, located south of the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, classified as Basin 13, for the expansion of nearby colonial settlements of Shilo and Shivot Rahil.

He went on to say that the land was razed, despite an Israeli court ruling upholding a halt on the expansion of Shivot Rahil. Israeli bulldozers proceeded to level Palestinian farmlands, classified as Basin 12, to build 175 new settler units in the nearby settlement of Shilo.

There are an estimated 834,000 Israeli settlers living in illegal settlements in the West Bank, the number of settlers has almost tripled since the 252,000 at the time of the Oslo Accords, in 1993. Illegal settlements have gone from 144 to 515 in that time.

Contrary to International Law, Israel as the occupying power, is forbidden to transfer any part of its population onto the land which it occupies.

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Edited for IMEMC: Ali Salam