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Palestinian resistance fighters open fire on Israeli forces in Nablus

An Israeli soldier uses a weapon amid clashes with Palestinian protesters, in al-Khalil (Hebron), in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on April 1, 2022. (Photo by Reuters)

Palestinian resistance fighters have opened fire on Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Nablus, amid heightened tensions in the occupied territories.

Palestinian sources said resistance fighters intensively opened fire on an Israeli military position on Gerizim Mountain in Nablus on Sunday night.

The Israeli army has imposed a strict siege on Nablus since October 11, blocking the city’s entrances with military checkpoints and earth mounds, while Israeli drones constantly hover over the northern West Bank city.

The siege came in the wake of a shooting attack carried out by the Lion’s Den group near Nablus which killed an Israeli soldier.

The siege, which Israeli officials said will continue until further notice, has had economic repercussions on a city that has a particular industrial and commercial importance for the West Bank.

The shooting took place as the Arin al-Osoud (Lion’s Den) group on Sunday vowed a strong response to the assassination of one of its members earlier in the day.

In the early hours of Sunday, Tamer al-Kilani was killed in Nablus in a bomb blast blamed on Israeli forces.

Israeli forces have recently been conducting overnight raids and killings in the northern occupied West Bank, mainly in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, where new groups of Palestinian resistance fighters have been formed.

At least 175 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank as well as in the Gaza Strip since the beginning of the year, including 51 Palestinians during Israel’s three-day assault on Gaza in August, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Local and international rights groups have condemned Israel’s excessive use of force and “shoot-to-kill policy” against Palestinians.

Moreover, reports said Palestinian acts of resistance intensified in the past 24 hours amid increased attacks by Israeli settlers and military.

The Palestinian Information Center said Palestinian fighters conducted 23 operations on Sunday, leaving three Israeli forces and settlers injured.

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