Israeli soldiers bulldozed, Monday, large areas of Palestinian lands in the northern West Bank governorates of Nablus and Qalqilia, in order to expand illegal colonies, built on private lands.

Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official who monitors Israel’s illegal colonialist activities in northern West Bank, said the soldiers invaded hundreds of Dunams of Palestinian lands, planted with almond trees, and bulldozed them.

Daghlas added that the army is bulldozing the lands to expand the illegal Givat Ronim colony, which was built on private Palestinian lands, east of Burin village southwest of Nablus.

In addition, the soldiers bulldozed large areas of Palestinian lands, owned by villages from Sanniriya and Masha villages, south of the northern West Bank city of Qalqilia.

Mohammad Sheikh, a member of Sanniriya village council, said the bulldozing of the Palestinian lands aims at linking four illegal colonies, which were built on private lands, in order to expand them by constructing more units and facilities.

He added that the illegal colonies Israel is trying to expand are Etz Efraim, Sha’arei Tikva, Elkana and Oranit.