On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers closed with sand mounds an agricultural road in Qusra village, south of Nablus in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

Hani Odah, the Mayor of Qusra, said the soldiers arrived in the area before the head of security in the illegal Esh Kodesh colony, used a bulldozer in placing sand mounds to close the road.

Odah added that the closure of this road prevented the farmers from reaching and plowing their lands, especially since the army closed several agricultural roads earlier this year.

All of Israel’s colonies in the occupied West Bank, including those in and around occupied East Jerusalem, are illegal under International Law, the Fourth Geneva Convention, in addition to various United Nations and Security Council resolutions. They also constitute war crimes under International Law.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states: “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.” It also prohibits the “individual or mass forcible transfers, as well as deportations of protected persons from occupied territory.”