Tens of thousands of Palestinians march throughout the city of Nablus in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, mourning the martyrdom of a senior resistance commander.
The funeral procession was held on Tuesday for Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, identified as one of the commanders of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, which is a coalition of West Bank-based Palestinian armed groups.
Nablusi and another Palestinian, named by the Palestinian Authority’s health ministry as Islam Sabbouh, were martyred earlier in the day after the Israeli forces raided a house in Nablus, destroying the structure with shoulder-fired missiles.
Clashes with the Israeli army also broke out in other parts of the city, as Palestinians hurled stones at the troops.
A third Palestinian, identified as 16-year-old Hussein Taha, was martyred in a firefight that ensued the Israeli raid.
Jamal Taha said his son was killed while they were walking to work. "The [Israeli] army was in the old city. My son went ahead of me to the market, he was carrying his food. There was shooting and four of us were injured," he told AFP.
As many as 69 others were also injured during the Israeli-triggered violence.
Several Palestinian groups pledged solidarity with their fellow Palestinians in Nablus following the Israeli bloodshed.
Hazem Qassem, spokesman for the Gaza Strip-based Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas, saluted “Nablus’ martyrs,” praising their “heroic struggle” in the face of the Zionist enemy’s army.
The West Bank-headquartered Palestinian Fatah movement also called for a national day of mourning throughout the Palestinian territories as well as nationwide strike in reaction to the developments.