On Wednesday, a group of illegal paramilitary Israeli colonizers attacked Orif town’s outskirts, south of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in the northern West Bank, said many paramilitary colonizers attacked an area near a local school.

Daghlas added that the Palestinians intercepted the attack and started forcing the assailants to leave before Israeli soldiers invaded the town and started firing gas bombs and concussion grenades at the Palestinians.

The colonies have recently escalated their violations and assaults against the Palestinians in the Nablus governorate, especially in Huwwara town, south of the city, and various nearby villages and towns.

All of 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 in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory”.