Shots fired at West Bank settlement, IDF post near Nablus; no injuries

Troops find dozens of shell casings near Har Bracha following early morning shooting; nine wanted Palestinians detained in nighttime raids

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

An Israeli officer is seen during an arrest operation in the West Bank, September 22, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)
An Israeli officer is seen during an arrest operation in the West Bank, September 22, 2022. (Israel Defense Forces)

Shots were fired early Thursday morning toward the West Bank settlement of Har Bracha near Nablus and a nearby military post, the Israel Defense Forces said.

Some 60 shell casings were found by troops in the area.

A video published by an armed Palestinian group calling itself “Lion’s Den,” purported to show the moment of the shooting.

No soldiers or civilians were hurt in the incidents, which came amid an uptick in shooting attacks and rising violence in the West Bank, particularly in its north.

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

Israeli troops have also repeatedly come under gunfire during nightly raids in Palestinian cities in the West Bank. Early Thursday, the Israel Defense Forces said troops detained nine wanted Palestinians in raids across the West Bank, with violent incidents in some areas.

The military launched the arrest operations after a series of deadly attacks that killed 19 people between mid-March and the beginning of May.

Many of the IDF’s arrests in recent months have concentrated on Nablus and Jenin, in the northern West Bank, where a number of the terrorists who committed the attacks earlier this year hailed from.

Israeli security officials have warned in recent months that the Palestinian Authority is losing control of the northern West Bank.

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