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Israel’s deadly Nablus raid raises Palestinian death toll since January to 61

13 children, 3 elderly among Palestinians killed since year-start

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AMMAN Israeli occupation forceskilled at least 10 Palestinians and injured at least 102 others during a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus on Wednesday news outlets reported. اضافة اعلان

The latest surge of violence by Israeli occupation forces brings the total death toll of Palestinians since the start of last month to 61 with 13 being children and three being elders.

According to the Palestinian news agency, Wafa, the 10 Palestinians killed on Wednesday were Adnan Sabe’ Baara, 72; Mohammad Khaled Anbousi, 25; Tamer Minawi, 33; Musab Owais, 26; Hossam Isleem, 24; Mohammad Abdulghani, 23; Waleed Dakheel, 23; Abdulhadi Ashqar, 61; Jasser Abdelwahab Qan’eer, 23, and Mohammad Farid Shaaban, 16.

Of the injured, 82 hit by live ammunition, according to the Palestinian health ministry. Six were in critical condition.

Confrontations broke out between Palestinians and occupation force after the raid, reported Wafa. Israeli occupation forces fired live bullets, stun grenades and gas, injuring dozens of people.

‘Indiscriminate’ shootingIsraeli forces blocked off all entrances to the city before surrounding a home with two wanted Palestinian fighters, Hossam Isleem and Mohammad Abdulghani, who were both killed.

The Lions’ Den armed group said in a statement it engaged in clashes with Israeli forces during the raid, alongside the recently announced Balata Brigades. Young Palestinians pelted armored troop transports with rocks, according to Al Jazeera.

Witnesses described Israeli soldiers opening fire indiscriminately.

“We are hearing stories that Israeli forces were shooting at the neighbors, people in their houses, people going about their daily lives. Palestinians say Israel is acting this way because it is not being held accountable and has a freehand killing Palestinians,” Al Jazeera reported.

The director of the Ambulance and Emergency Centre at the Red Crescent in Nablus, Ahmed Jibril, said Israeli forces prevented medical personnel from reaching the closed of area.

Nablus and nearby Jenin have been the focus of violent incursions that Israel has intensified over the last year.

Palestinian political parties announced a general strike in the cities of Ramallah and Nablus on Wednesday in response, calling on Palestinians to come out in protest near Israeli army checkpoints.

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