On Tuesday afternoon, many Israeli soldiers accompanied dozens of colonialist settlers into the archeological area in Sebastia Palestinian town northwest of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Mohammad Azem, the mayor of Sebastia, said the soldiers invaded the town before heading to the site and closed the entire area to prevent the Palestinians from reaching it.

Azem added that the soldiers stopped many Palestinian cars and interrogated several residents before forcing them to leave.

He also said that the colonizers have lately escalated their assaults against the Palestinians in the area and attacked dozens of homes and cars, causing damage.

It is worth mentioning that the soldiers frequently invade Sebastia to accompany groups of colonialist settlers into the archaeological area.

During these invasions, the soldiers block all Palestinian traffic, frequently storm homes and stores, abduct Palestinians, and attack protesters, in addition to removing the Palestinian flag from the site.