Thousands of Israeli settlers on Friday stormed the Palestinian villages of al-Burj and Umm al-Qaba in the northern Jordan Valley, northern occupied West Bank.

Aref Daraghmeh, a local activist, confirmed to the Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA) that Israeli forces escorted a convoy of buses packed with some 4,000 settlers into the two villages, where they stayed for more than four hours.

Daraghmeh added that Israeli soldiers manning the checkpoint of Tayaseer, east of Tubas city, closed it in both directions Friday morning in a prelude to the settlers’ invasion into the villages.

Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention states that the occupying power [Israel] is forbidden from transferring its own population onto the land which it occupies [Palestine].

Furthermore, the occupying power is forbidden from forcibly displacing the existing population [Palestinians] off the land which it occupies.

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