IDF says shots fired at military posts near Nablus; no injuries

Military launches hunt for gunmen, amid uptick in attacks in northern West Bank

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Illustrative: Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, on June 29, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Illustrative: Israeli soldiers operate in the West Bank, on June 29, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Shots were fired Thursday night at two Israel Defense Forces positions near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, the military said.

No soldiers were hurt in the incidents, the first which occurred between the illegal Gilad Farm outpost and the settlement of Yitzhar, and the second near the settlement of Einav.

The military said troops found several shell casings at each scene, and launched a manhunt for the gunmen.

The incidents followed an uptick in attacks in the area in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, the IDF said troops were targeted in a drive-by shooting near a checkpoint by the entrance of Homesh, an illegal outpost also in the northern West Bank.

A Palestinian suspect involved in the shooting turned himself in a day later, the military said.

Last week, three Israelis, including a senior IDF officer, were lightly hurt after Palestinian gunmen opened fire at Joseph’s Tomb on the outskirts of Nablus, while Jewish worshipers were visiting the site.

The recent shootings came amid high tensions in the West Bank, as Israeli security forces have stepped up operations following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead between mid-March and the beginning of May.

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