Palestinian gunmen target two IDF posts near Nablus; no injuries

Attacks in northern West Bank come at end of tension-filled day that included deadly clashes, stabbing, additional shootings

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

Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early January 11, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)
Israeli troops operate in the West Bank, early January 11, 2023. (Israel Defense Forces)

Israeli troops came under fire in two separate instances near Nablus on Wednesday night, the military said at the tail end of a tension-filled day in the West Bank.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, Palestinian gunmen first fired a hail of bullets at a military post near the town of Jit, west of Nablus, without causing any injuries.

The IDF said that a short while later, shots were fired at another military post that overlooks the northern West Bank city.

No soldiers were hurt in the attacks, according to the military.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility by local terror groups for the attacks Wednesday.

The IDF was probing if the two shootings were carried out by the same gunmen.

In recent months, Palestinian gunmen have repeatedly targeted military posts, troops operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements and civilians on the roads.

The attacks Wednesday night came hours after an Israeli man was stabbed and moderately wounded in a suspected terror attack in the South Hebron Hills area of the West Bank. The alleged Palestinian stabber was shot dead.

The scene of a stabbing attack near the illegal Havat Gilad outpost in the southern West Bank on January 11, 2022. (Courtesy)

Earlier Wednesday, Palestinian gunmen fired dozens of bullets at the Salem military base and nearby checkpoint on the security barrier in the northern West Bank. No officers or soldiers were hurt in the incident, and Border Police officers fired back at the gunmen, who fled toward the Jenin area.

In the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday, a Palestinian gunman was shot dead during clashes with Israeli troops in Nablus’s Balata refugee camp, the military and Palestinian health officials said.

The attacks came during an Israeli anti-terror offensive, mostly focused on the northern West Bank to deal with a series of Palestinian attacks that killed 31 people in 2022.

The IDF’s operation has netted more than 2,500 arrests in near-nightly raids. It also left over 170 Palestinians dead in 2022, and another seven since the beginning of the year, many of them while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces, though some were uninvolved civilians.

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