Four Palestinians, including a senior Fatah movement commander, were killed and dozens injured Tuesday (August 9th) by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, two days after a deadly operation in the Gaza Strip ended.
Early Tuesday, three Palestinians, including Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, a senior operative of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades – the armed wing of President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement – were killed in an Israeli raid in Nablus, the Palestinian ministry said. of Health. Later, another Palestinian died of his wounds in Hebron, in the southern West Bank, after clashes with the Israeli army.
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The Israeli army has confirmed that it carried out a joint operation in Nablus with the police and the Shin Beth, the internal intelligence services, against Ibrahim al-Nabulsi and used a rocket against the residence of this fighter suspected of being involved in a series anti-Israeli attacks. “Violent clashes took place with rioters throwing stones and explosives at the (Israeli) forces who responded by opening fire. There were several wounded (Palestinians). The forces have left the city and there are no injuries in our ranks“, said the army in a press release.
The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the other two dead in Nablus as Islam Sabbouh, 25, and Hussein Taha, 16, while Yassin Jaber, 17, died in Hebron. “The army was in the old city (of Nablus), my son went to the market just before me and my relatives (…) there is a shooting and four of us were injured“, told AFP Jamal Taha, the father of Hussein Taha. Hundreds of people attended the funeral of the three killed in Nablus, armed men firing in the air during the procession, noted an AFP team on the spot. “Our response will be equal to the crimesaid Fatah’s armed wing in a statement, while the Red Crescent also reported 69 Palestinians were shot and wounded in Nablus.
Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid hailed the security forces for “having carried out a precise and very successful operation, with no casualtieson the Israeli side. The raid in Nablus came two days after the end of a deadly Israeli military operation launched against the Palestinian armed movement Islamic Jihad, based in the Gaza Strip. According to a report by Hamas in power in Gaza, 46 Palestinians were killed, including many children, and several hundred were injured in three days of Israeli bombardment. The raids also caused significant destruction.
Two main Islamic Jihad military leaders in Gaza, Khaled Mansour and Tayssir Al-Jabari, were killed in Israeli strikes on the Gaza Strip. The military wing of Islamic Jihad confirmed the deaths of 12 of its fighters in the operation. In response to the bombardments during the Israeli operation presented as a preventive measure against the Islamic Jihad, the latter fired a thousand rockets in the direction of Israel, the vast majority having been intercepted according to the army. Rocket fire from Gaza injured three people in Israel, according to local relief. A truce between the Islamic Jihad and Israel, favored by Egypt, came into force on Sunday evening, which allowed the reopening on Monday of the crossings between the Jewish state and the Gaza Strip, an enclave under Israeli blockade for more than 15 years old.
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On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid said the operation in Gaza had “dealt a devastating blow to the enemy» and told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi by telephone that he «appreciatedthe mediation of his country. Israel regards Hamas and Islamic Jihad asterrorist groups“. “The Israeli government is not interested in calm and stability, it exploits and kills Palestinians for internal political considerations“, in the run-up to the early legislative elections of November 1 in Israel, accused Nabil Abou Roudeina, the spokesperson for Mahmoud Abbas, on Tuesday.