On Thursday evening, a group of extremist paramilitary Israeli colonizers, illegally squatting on stolen Palestinian lands, opened fire at many Palestinian homes and attacked several residents whose homes were demolished earlier, in Doura town and Birin village, near Hebron in the occupied West Bank’s southern part.

Media sources said the paramilitary colonizers, from the recently established illegal colonialist outpost on stolen Palestinian lands in the Khallet Taha area, southwest of Hebron, fired many live rounds at Palestinian homes in the Al-‘Abed and the At-Tabaqa areas near the outpost.

The sources added that many paramilitary colonizers, wearing Israeli military uniforms, invaded Birin village, east of Hebron, and attacked tents before assaulting many Palestinians, including children and women.

The head of Birin Village Council said the colonizers attacked Palestinian families in tents that were installed by the families who lived in nine homes the Israeli army demolished earlier in the day, and added that the families, and the locals in the area, intercepted the Israeli assailants and forced them to leave.

The Palestinians lived in nine homes that the Israeli occupation soldiers demolished along with an agricultural structure, earlier Thursday, rendering the families, including many children and women, houseless.

The residential structures, installed on lands the Palestinians privately own, are in Area C of the occupied West Bank (%60 of the West Bank), where the Israeli occupation authorities bar the Palestinians from building and rehabilitating their land.

The Wall & Colonization Resistance Commission has reported that Israel demolished 318 Palestinian homes and structures in the occupied West Bank, including Jerusalem, impacting the lives of 632 Palestinians, including 292 children and 199 women.

While Israel continues to build and expand its illegal colonies, Palestinian communities and towns in occupied Jerusalem and various areas in the occupied West Bank continue to be denied the right to build homes and property under various allegations meant to prevent the expansion of Palestinian towns and neighborhoods.

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.”