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Large numbers of Israeli troops have invaded the city of Nablus and at least 20 other Palestinians have been injured.
At least three Palestinians have been killed and 19 injured in clashes with Israeli forces in the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials said.
Violence broke out early Tuesday morning after large numbers of Israeli troops entered the city of Nablus and were spotted by Palestinian security forces and armed fighters, a spokesman for the Palestinian Fatah movement said.
“Three people have been killed and 19 injured, three of them seriously, from Israeli fire in Nablus,” the Palestinian health ministry said in a brief statement. One of the dead was unarmed, Palestinian health and security officials said.
The Israeli military only said their troops were operating in Nablus, but did not provide further details.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is making “urgent contacts to stop this aggression against our people” in Nablus, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh said in a statement.
“All this will have dangerous and destructive consequences,” Abu Rudeineh told Palestine TV.
Armed clashes continued in and around the ancient city of Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank, said Nida Ibrahim of Al Jazeera in Ramallah.
“We hear local sources call this a ‘scene from hell’. We hear that large numbers of Israeli troops have been pushed into the city,” Ibrahim said. Nablus has been under siege by Israeli forces for more than two weeks, she added.
“We have seen Israeli forces close the city because they say they are interested in tracking down a group calling itself the Lion’s Den,” Ibrahim said, adding that the group recently claimed responsibility for a shooting attack that left an Israeli came to life. soldier.
Ibrahim said the reported number of casualties is expected to increase as the clashes continue.
On Sunday, the Lions’ Den armed group said one of their fighters, Tamer al-Kilani, was killed when an explosive device planted on a motorcycle exploded in the old town of Nablus.
The group described al-Kilani as one of its “fiestest fighters” and blamed Israel for the explosion that killed him as he walked by.
The Israeli military declined to comment on the claim it was behind the killing.
Israeli forces have been conducting nighttime raids on the occupied West Bank since March in what it says is an attempt to dismantle armed networks and thwart attacks.
In May, Israeli soldiers shot and killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while on assignment in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank.
Abu Akleh was wearing a press vest and standing with other journalists when she was shot dead in a case described as a targeted killing by Israeli forces.