At least two Palestinians have been killed and 36 injured in Israeli military raids in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
“Two of him were killed by [Israeli] occupation artillery shells in Nablus,” the ministry said Wednesday, adding that four of his 36 wounded who were taken to hospital were in serious condition. Widespread clashes and special forces erupted at 10:00 am (8:00 am), just after the army stormed the city with dozens of armored vehicles.
The military blocked all entrances to the city before encircling the house reportedly housing wanted Palestinian fighter Hossam Isleem. The Lion’s Den militant group said in a statement that it was involved in clashes with Israeli forces during the raid along with his recently announced Balata Brigades group. The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the beginning of the year has risen to 53, including 12 children.
Civilians who opposed Israeli forces in raids and bystanders were also killed, as were Palestinian fighters in targeted assassinations and armed clashes.