Israeli troops reportedly invaded, early on Wednesday morning, Prophet Saleh’s tombstone area, east of the Ithna town, west of Hebron city.

Local Palestinian sources said that the Israeli forces invaded the tombstone area, which is one of several religious and monumental sites in the southern West Bank district of Hebron.

The sources added that the Israeli troops were accompanied by Israeli officials, apparently from the Israeli monuments ministry and that those officials were showing maps and documents.

Local Palestinian residents in the Hebron area expressed their deep concern that such an Israeli army invasion constitutes a prelude to a full Israeli control over the religious site, to which illegal Israeli colonists, backed by Israeli troops, pay frequent visits

It is important to note that Israeli Defense Minister, Naftali Bennett recently approved the Israeli confiscation of the land in the vicinity of the Al-Ibrahimi or Ibrahimi Mosque, also located in Hebron.

The Arab League denounced the decision, stating that it considered the latest confiscation plan, a part of Israel’s attempts to change the demographic in the area, and appealed to the international community to pressure Israel to implement all relevant international resolutions regarding holy shrines across the occupied Palestinian territories.

The statement also noted that the decision regarding Hebron’s holy shrine could be a part of Israel’s continued attempts to annex Palestinian territories to the occupation state of Israel.

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