The Israeli occupation forces closed today the archaeological site in Sebastia town, north of Nablus, in the West Bank, in preparation for the settlers' incursion.
Sebastia Mayor Muhammad Azim said: "The occupation army stormed the town and closed the archaeological site to the citizens, in preparation for their incursion by settler groups."
The archaeological sites in the West Bank have been exposed since the end of the eighties to the occupation’s attempts to place them under its administration, and Sebastia has actually been transformed into the so-called Israeli public gardens.
Later, the occupation claimed that Sebastia was part of the nearby Shafi Shimron settlement, until the settlers carried signs, "Sebastia Public Garden."
Palestinians in Sebastia in the northern West Bank seek to place it on the world tourism map, as one of the important archaeological sites, and to protect it from Israeli attempts to control.