Wednesday , March 22 2023

Israeli forces kill 11 more Palestinians in Nablus raid


RAMALLAH/ WEST BANK: At least 11 Palestinians have been killed and dozens wounded in an Israeli army raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

The ministry said on Wednesday that at least 50 of the injured were hit by live ammunition.

According to the ministry, the six people killed were Adnan Sabe’ Baara, 72; Mohammad Khaled Anbousi, 25; Tamer Minawi, 33; Musab Owais, 26; Hossam Isleem, 24; and Mohammad Abu Bakr, 23.

Widespread confrontations broke out soon after the army raided Nablus with dozens of armored vehicles and Special Forces at 10am (08:00 GMT).

The army blocked off all entrances to the city, before surrounding a home reportedly housing a wanted Palestinian fighter, Hossam Isleem. His fate remains unclear.

The Lions’ Den armed group said in a statement that it engaged in clashes with Israeli forces during the raid, alongside the recently announced Balata Brigades group.

The Israeli army said “security forces are now operating in the city of Nablus” but did not provide further details.

The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the start of 2023 has now risen to 57 people, including 12 children, in the occupied territories.

Civilians confronting the Israeli army during raids and uninvolved bystanders have also been killed, as well as Palestinian fighters in targeted assassinations and during armed clashes.

The United Nations General Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to give an opinion on the legal consequences of Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian territories.

The General Assembly voted 87 to 26 with 53 abstentions on the resolution, with Western nations split but with virtually unanimous support in the Islamic world – including among Arab states that have normalised relations with Israel. Russia and China voted in favour of the resolution. (Int’l News Desk)

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