Dozens of Palestinians foiled illegal Israeli settlers’ attempts, Monday night, to steal Palestinian-owned land to assemble an illegal outpost in the village of Kufr Malik, east of Ramallah, in the central occupied West Bank, the Palestinian WAFA News Agency reported.

Witnesses stated that a large of colonial settlers invaded the area and began to erect caravans, when local residents quickly responded, by rushing to the site and confronting the illegal colonists, and forcing them to retreat.

They added that Israeli soldiers stepped in to protect the illegal settlers, attacking the Palestinian civilians, who were protecting their land from expropriation.

No injuries were reported.

In related news, a group of Israeli colonists uprooted and stole 45 Palestinian olive trees, Monday, from the Tormos-Ayya village, northeast of Ramallah, the Palestinian Information Center reported.

Local sources said that illegal settlers from nearby settlements uprooted and stole 45 olive trees from Palestinian-owned land.