Israeli soldiers fenced, on Thursday evening, Palestinian lands near the illegal Gush Etzion colonialist block, built on Palestinian lands, south of Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

Hasan Breijiyya, the head of the Bethlehem office of the Colonization and Wall Resistance Commission, has reported that the army previously declared the lands as a “closed military zone,” a move which precedes the illegal annexation of Palestinian lands.

He added that the army is planning to build a new military base in the area, under the allegation of protecting the colonists.

Gush Etzion is one of the largest colonialist blocs in the occupied West Bank, and contains a large military base and security center, which is also used a detention and interrogation facility.