Six Palestinians killed in Israeli raids in the West Bank

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Six Palestinians killed in Israeli raids in the West Bank

Tamer's funeral al-Kilani, a Palestinian fighter who is a member of the new “Lion's Den” group, on Sunday in Nablus, West Bank.

Six Palestinians were killed and nearly 20 others were injured early Tuesday in raids by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank, mainly in the city of Nablus from where a new group of fighters operates premises, the Palestinian health ministry said.

The ministry initially reported 3 dead and 19 injured, including 3 seriously in Nablus. Later, he added that a fourth Palestinian had also been killed by Israeli fire in that city and that two other Palestinians had been killed in Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian Authority in the central West Bank. .

The Israeli army did not comment on this assessment, but confirmed that it had carried out a vast operation against the headquarters and a workshop for the manufacture of weapons of the new group of Palestinian fighters called The Den of Lions in the old town of Nablus. During this operation, several armed suspects were shot, the army said.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has established urgent contacts in order to put an end to this aggression against our people, his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeinah said in a statement.

In recent weeks, a group of young Palestinian fighters, some affiliated with mainstream groups like Fatah, Hamas or Islamic Jihad, have begun carrying out anti-Israeli operations from Nablus, a major city in the northern occupied West Bank. .

The new group baptized in Arabic Areen al-Oussoud, la Fosse aux lions in French, in tribute to Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, a young fighter nicknamed the Lion of Nablus and killed at the start August by Israeli forces, notably claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on an Israeli soldier two weeks ago in the occupied West Bank.

Members of the new group “The Lion's Den” at a funeral in Nablus

On Tuesday, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad said in a statement that its fighters were involved in violent clashes with Israeli forces in Nablus and threatened Israel with reprisals for the crimes there.

In In the aftermath, the Israeli army tightened the noose on Nablus, setting up checks to identify people leaving this city and constantly scanning its skies with observation drones.

In the night from Saturday to Sunday, a fighter from the Den of Lions, Tamer al-Kilani, was killed in the old city of Nablus by an explosion attributed, by his movement and by the Israeli press, to a bomb activated remotely by the Israeli army. She did not comment on the claims, however.

Violence has increased in recent months in the northern West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by the Jewish state, particularly in the areas of Nablus and Jenin, strongholds of armed groups where Israeli soldiers have stepped up operations in the wake of deadly anti-Israeli attacks since March.

These raids, often interspersed with clashes with the Palestinian population, left more than a hundred dead on the Palestinian side, the heaviest toll in the West Bank for nearly seven years, according to the #x27;UN. Since the beginning of the month, 23 Palestinians and 2 Israeli soldiers have been killed, according to a report compiled by AFP.

Separately, the human rights organization Amnesty International on Tuesday called for an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) into possible war crimes committed by Israel and Palestinian fighters during the war. escalation in the Gaza Strip in August.

At least 49 Palestinians, including combatants, but also civilians and children, died from August 5 to 7 in a confrontation between the Israeli army and the group Islamic Jihad in Gaza, an enclave under Israeli blockade since 2007 and politically and geographically separated from the West Bank.

The organization investigated three incidents in particular, two attributed to Israeli forces and one to Palestinian factions.

The three the deadly attacks we have examined should be investigated as war crimes. All victims of unlawful attacks and their loved ones must obtain justice and reparation, Amnesty's Secretary General Agn├Ęs Callamard said on Tuesday.

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