Hundreds of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, on Monday evening, the vicinity of the historic Christian Mar Saba (St. Saba) Monastery, near the al-‘Obeydiyya town, east of Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank.

Locals said the heavily armed illegal colonists invaded the area in many cars and buses, while Israeli soldiers, who also went there, stood and watched without intervening.

This is the first invasion targeting the area of this historic monastery, and was not carried at random, as hundreds of Palestinian Christians constantly go on pilgrimage to this monastery, especially since this Monday marks St. Saba’s birthday anniversary.

Many Palestinian Christians who were staying at the monastery to mark this anniversary said that this invasion is very serious, and caused panic among many, especially since this historic Christian holy site is located in an extremely isolated area.