Israel kills four Palestinians in latest West Bank attacks

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Mourners carry the body of Palestinian commander of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi, who was killed in an Israeli raid, during his funeral procession in the West Bank city of Nablus on August 9, 2022. (Photo: AFP)

NABLUS, Palestinian Territories — Israeli forces killed four people Tuesday in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, including two teens and an Al-Aqsa Brigades commander, according to AFP and Al Jazeera. اضافة اعلان

The latest Israeli attack comes two days after a truce halted deadly violence by the Israeli military in the coastal Palestinian enclave of Gaza, and as Israeli forces continue months of at times deadly raids in the West Bank.

Amongst the four is a 16-year-old killed in Nablus. The Palestinian health ministry later added that another 17-year-old had been shot dead in the southern city of Hebron.

“The terrorist Ibrahim Al-Nabulsi was killed in the city of Nablus,” the Israeli army said in a statement, adding that “another terrorist who was staying in the house” also died.

At around 5am local time on Tuesday, Israeli forces surrounded a building in the Old City where Nabulsi — the commander of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades — had barricaded himself. According to Al Jazeera, a gunfight prior to his death lasted hours.

Nabulsi, known popularly as “the lion of Nablus”, had been on the run for many months, and survived several assassination attempts by Israel. His public appearances at the funerals of his fellow comrades, such as in February and July, had further raised the ire of Israeli forces, reported Al Jazeera.

Hundreds of Palestinians surrounded the hospital and some made it inside the operating room, hoping he would survive. Others shared Nabulsi’s will, which he recorded in an audio message hours earlier.

“Take care of the homeland,” he said. “I am surrounded now but I will fight until I become a martyr. I love my mother. Don’t abandon the gun.”

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid hailed the raid as a “highly successful, precise action without casualties” among the security forces.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said its medics treated 69 people for gunshot wounds across the Nablus area, at least four of them in critical condition.

Following the raid, Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, one of the main resistance groups present in the West Bank operating under the ruling Fatah party, said: “the response will fit the crime”.

Hundreds of mourners gathered in Nablus for the funeral procession of the three dead, with some firing into the air as the bodies were carried through the crowd.

Teens killed

The Palestinian health ministry identified those killed as Nabulsi, Islam Sabbouh, and Hussein Taha.

Jamal Taha said his 16-year-old son was killed while they were walking to work.

“The army was in the old city. My son went ahead of me to the market, he was carrying his food. There was shooting and four of us were injured,” he told AFP.

Later Tuesday, the Palestinian health ministry said 17-year-old Moamen Jaber was shot in the chest and killed by Israeli forces in Hebron.

Resistance against Israeli forces also broke out in other parts of the city, as Palestinians hurled stones at the troops.

“A violent clash developed with dozens of rioters who threw stones and threw explosives at the forces, who responded by means of crowd dispersal and shooting. Several injuries were confirmed,” the army said.

Security forces have conducted near-daily and often deadly operations in the West Bank in recent months, focusing on fighters from the Islamic Jihad group.

On Friday, Israel launched what it called a “pre-emptive” aerial and artillery bombardment on Gaza targeting Islamic Jihad positions in the Gaza Strip.

An Egypt-brokered ceasefire reached Sunday ended three days of intense Israeli assault that killed 46 Palestinians, 16 of them children, and wounded 360, according to Gaza’s health ministry.

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