A group of illegal Israeli colonialist settlers invaded, earlier Sunday, Palestinian lands in the al-Khader town, south of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, and uprooted 400 grape and olive saplings.

Ahmad Salah, the coordinator of the Popular Committee against the Annexation Wall and Colonies in al-Khader, said the Israeli assailants came from the nearby Efrat illegal colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands, south of the town

Salah added that the colonists uprooted 370 grape saplings, and 30 olive saplings, which were planted less than two years ago by a local farmer, identified as Ibrahim Suleiman Sbeih, in his land in the al-Hareeqa area.

He also stated that such attacks and violations have recently escalated in the town, and added that, just a few days ago, the illegal colonists uprooted dozens of olive and grape saplings, owned by a local farmer, identified as Ibrahim Hamdan Mousa.