JENIN (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Tuesday confiscated two pieces of digging equipment from a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank district of Jenin in order to prevent the construction of sewage wells, locals said.

Israeli forces raided the village of Bartaa al-Sharqiya while locals were drilling sewage wells at the entrance to the village and confiscated two backhoes during the process, locals said.

The two backhoes belong to two brothers named Ibrahim and Mohammad Abed al-Latif Qabha.

The Israeli forces claimed that the two brothers were working in a military zone, and both were subsequently taken to a military camp near Bartaa gate.

Bartaa al-Sharqiya is tightly surrounded by areas under Israeli control on all sides, and is cut off from the rest of the West Bank by Jewish-only settlement areas.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.