A young Palestinian man has succumbed to gunshot wounds he sustained more than a month ago during an Israeli army raid in the occupied northern West Bank city of Nablus.
Palestinian medical officials and family sources early on Tuesday announced the death of Omair Loulah, adding that he was severely wounded when eleven Palestinians, including a 16-year-old, were killed and more than 80 wounded by gunfire on February 21 as Israeli troops raided the flashpoint West Bank city, drawing international appeals for calm.
At the time, widespread confrontations broke out soon after the army stormed Nablus with dozens of armored vehicles and special forces.
The army blocked off all entrances to the city, before surrounding a home with two high-profile Palestinian resistance fighters, Hossam Isleem and Mohammad Abdulghani, who were both killed.
The Lions’ Den resistance group said in a statement that it engaged in clashes with Israeli forces during the raid, alongside members of the Balata Brigades. Young Palestinians pelted armored troop transports with rocks.
Top Palestinian official Hussein al-Sheikh described the raid as a “massacre” and called for “international protection for our people.”
Over the past months, Israel has ramped up attacks on Palestinian towns and cities throughout the occupied territories. As a result of these attacks, dozens of Palestinians have lost their lives and many others have been arrested.
Most of the raids have focused on Nablus and Jenin, where Israeli forces have been trying to stifle a growing Palestinian resistance in the occupied cities.
Local and international rights groups have condemned Israel’s excessive use of force and “shoot-to-kill policy” against Palestinians.
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