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Israeli forces clash with Palestinian resistance fighters near Jenin

Israeli police forces are deployed in the Old City of the occupied al-Quds after a shooting incident on April 1, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Armed clashes have erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian resistance fighters near the northern West Bank city of Jenin amid rise in Israeli violence across the occupied Palestinian territories.

Local sources said the fighting broke out on Sunday after Israeli military vehicles stormed the city of Qabatiya near Jenin.

The resistance fighters responded by shooting and throwing homemade grenades at the occupation forces.

The Qabatiya Battalion of the Islamic Jihad’s al-Quds Brigades said in a statement that the Palestinian fighters had managed to foil the Israeli raid.

The battalion said that it will not allow the Zionist regime to freely attack Qabatiya.

Additionally, the resistance fighters opened fire at the Beit Furik checkpoint east of the West Bank city of Nablus on Sunday.

Israel has ramped up its violence against Palestinians across the occupied West Bank during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

On Saturday, Israeli forces fatally shot Palestinian youth Mohammad Ra’ed Baradiyah near the town of Beit Ummar, north of the West Bank city of al-Khalil, also known as Hebron. 

It followed the killing in cold blood of Mohammad Khaled al-Osaibi, 26, in front of one of the gates leading to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of the occupied al-Quds.

The deaths took to 92 the number of Palestinians who have been killed by the regime’s forces since the beginning of the year.

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