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At least 21 other Palestinians were injured after a large number of Israeli forces raided the old city of Nablus.

At least six Palestinians were killed and 21 injured after Israeli forces raided several areas in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said.

According to a spokesman for the Palestinian Fatah movement, scores of Israeli forces stormed the city of Nablus early Tuesday morning and were spotted by Palestinian security forces and armed militants.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, five Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire. One of those killed was unarmed, Palestinian health and security officials said.

Their names are: Ali Khaled Antar, 26; Mishal Baghdadi, 27; Wadee al-Hawah, 31; Hamdi Qayyem, 30; and Hamdi Mohamed Sharaf, 35.

The ministry later reported that another Palestinian youth, Qusay al-Tamimi, was killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the village of Nabi Saleh, near the city of Ramallah, where the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank is located.

A ministry spokesman told Al Jazeera that Tamimi was 19 years old.

The Israeli military only said that its forces were operating in Nablus, but gave no further details.

The body of a Palestinian killed by Israeli forces is carried to Nablus in the occupied West Bank in the early hours of October 25, 2022 [Jaafar Ashtiyeh/ AFP]
The body of a Palestinian killed by Israeli forces is carried to Nablus in the occupied West Bank in the early hours of October 25, 2022 [Jaafar Ashtiyeh/ AFP]

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is “making urgent contacts in Nablus to stop this aggression against our people,” his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement.

“All of this will have dangerous and destructive consequences,” Abu Rudeineh said on Palestine TV.

The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that the Israeli army prevented its medical crew from entering al-Qaryun neighborhood to evacuate the injured.

Palestinian sources said Israeli snipers were positioned on the roofs of houses and buildings overlooking Nablus city center and used drones to launch rockets.

In a later development, Israeli forces bombed a civilian vehicle in the Ras al-Ain area, resulting in the death of a Palestinian whose charred body arrived at Rafidia Hospital.

Armed clashes in and around the old city of Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank continue, said Nida Ibrahim of Al Jazeera, which reported from Ramallah.

“We hear local sources calling this a ‘scene from hell.’ We hear that large numbers of Israeli forces have been pushed into the city,” Ibrahim said. Nablus has been under siege by Israeli forces for more than two weeks, she added.

Demonstrators burn tires in the streets of Nablus during clashes with Israeli forces early on October 25, 2022 [Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP]
Demonstrators burn tires in the streets of Nablus during clashes with Israeli forces early on October 25, 2022 [Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP]

“We have seen Israeli forces shut down the city because they say they are interested in tracking down a group calling themselves the lion’s den,” Ibrahim said, adding that the group recently claimed responsibility for a shooting that killed an Israeli soldier.

Ibrahim Younes, media coordinator for the Palestinian youth movement, told Al Jazeera that the lion’s den group emerged from youth in the city who took up arms to defend the city from incursions by Israeli forces, and that the group then became more formal be and adopted a name.

“To understand the perspective of Palestinian youth in the West Bank, you have to look at a situation where 800,000 settlers are illegally occupying a large percentage of the land there,” Younes said.

“They have constant, daily attacks on Palestinian youth, whether they are crossing checkpoints, whether they are walking to school or to work,” he said.

“Obviously, if a group says they will not accept the presence of these settlers on their land, it will resonate greatly with youth in the West Bank,” he added.

On Sunday, the armed group The Lion’s Den announced that one of its militants, Tamer al-Kilani, was killed by explosives mounted on a motorcycle in Nablus’s old city.

The group described al-Kilani as one of their “fiercest fighters” and blamed Israel for the blast that killed him as he passed.

The Israeli military declined to comment on claims that it was behind the killing.

Israeli forces have been conducting night raids in the occupied West Bank since March, allegedly to disrupt armed networks and thwart attacks.

In May, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was on assignment in Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

Wearing a press vest, Abu Akleh was standing with other journalists when she was shot dead in what many parties have described as a targeted killing by Israeli forces.



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