- Israel has killed a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Brigades during a military operation in the West Bank city of Nablus.
- Ibrahim al-Nablusi was responsible for a series of attacks on Israeli soldiers in the area, the Israeli domestic intelligence service Shin Bet said.
- Explosives and other weapons were also found during the attempted arrest. Another member was also killed.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the death of Al-Nablusi and two other people. Around 40 people were injured by gunfire during the operation. It is feared that the killing of Al-Nablusi could lead to further confrontations.
The Al-Aqsa Brigades are the military arm of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement. However, it is a loose network without a clear hierarchy, local groups often act on their own.
According to Palestinian sources, clashes broke out at several Israeli army checkpoints in the West Bank after the incidents in Nablus. Fatah called trade strikes in several cities in protest. Shops remained closed in many places and events were cancelled.
The Israeli military launched the “Dawn” military action on Friday with airstrikes against the extremist group “Islamic Jihad” in the Gaza Strip. Two of the organization’s military chiefs were killed during the operation. According to the military, militant Palestinians then fired more than 1,000 rockets at Israeli towns. 200 of them hit the Gaza Strip.
After three days of fighting, a ceasefire came into effect on Sunday between Israel and the Palestinian organization Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip.