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9 Palestinians said hurt in gunfire exchange with Israeli troops in Nablus

Army says security forces came under fire by Palestinian gunmen during military operation in West Bank city

Israeli forces seen during an arrest operation in the West Bank, July 21, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
Israeli forces seen during an arrest operation in the West Bank, July 21, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Nine Palestinians were injured, including one critically, in an exchange of fire with Israeli security forces during a military operation in the West Bank city of Nablus overnight Saturday-Sunday.

The Israeli military said troops operating in the city came under gunfire attack by armed Palestinians and returned fire.

According to Palestinian health authorities, nine Palestinians were hurt in the exchange, including one who was in critical condition, Ynet reported. There were no reported injuries among the Israeli forces.

Hebrew media reported that the Israeli troops were conducting an arrest operation of Palestinian suspects in Nablus when they came under fire.

Channel 12 reported that one of the suspects is a commander with the Fatah-associated Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, designated a terror group by Israel, the US, the EU, and Canada, among other countries.

The report said the commander had barricaded himself in his home in the city and loud explosions were heard as the operation got underway.

Channel 12 also said that clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian gunmen were reported in the West Bank city of Jenin, according to Palestinian media.

On Thursday, the Shin Bet said it had arrested a Nablus-based Palestinian member of the mostly dormant Tanzim terror group who was allegedly responsible for a 2006 bomb attack that killed an Israeli soldier

Also Thursday, Israeli security forces arrested 12 Palestinian suspects throughout the West Bank, with violent confrontations in some areas.

As part of the arrest operation, Israeli troops entered the towns of Huwara, Salem, Bir Zayt, Al-Yamun and Einabus among others to arrest individuals suspected of involvement in terrorist activity, the Israeli military said.

Palestinian rioters confronted Israeli forces operating in Jenin and Ramallah, throwing Molotov cocktails and hurling rocks toward them.

Israeli forces responded by opening fire on the assailants.

No Israeli or Palestinian casualties were reported in the operation.

Tensions in the West Bank have risen in recent days as thousands of right-wing Israeli activists flocked Wednesday to various sites across the West Bank in an effort to establish six new illegal outposts in the territory.

Organized by the radical settler organization Nachala, the initiative is believed to have drawn some 10,000 individuals, although this figure could not be independently verified.

Five ultra-nationalist activists were arrested late Wednesday and early Thursday.

Last Sunday, Israeli troops clashed with Palestinian gunmen during an early morning raid in the northern West Bank city of Tubas. It came following a brief pause in arrest operations in the West Bank, amid US President Joe Biden’s two-day trip to the region. The US president departed from the country last Friday.

It was believed the IDF wished to avoid any major confrontation during the visit.

Tensions have remained high, as Israeli security forces stepped up operations in the West Bank following a deadly wave of terror attacks against Israelis that left 19 people dead earlier this year.

Emanuel Fabian and Jeremy Sharon contributed to this report. 

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