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At least 21 other Palestinians were injured after a large number of Israeli forces attacked the Old City of Nablus.

At least six Palestinians were killed and 21 injured after Israeli forces attacked several areas in the occupied West BankPalestinian officials said.

Early Tuesday morning, a large number of Israeli soldiers stormed the city of Nablus and were spotted by Palestinian security forces and armed fighters, according to a spokesman for the Palestinian movement Fatah.

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: Hamdi Sobeih Ramzy, 30 years old; Ali Khalid Antar, 26; Hamdi Mohamed Sharaf, 35 years old; Wadih Sobeih Houh, 31; and Mishal Baghdadi, 27.

The ministry later reported that another young Palestinian, Qusay al-Tamimi, was killed by Israeli forces in the village of Nabi Saleh near the city of Ramallah, which hosts the PA headquarters in the occupied West Bank. .

The Israeli army only said that their forces operated in Nablus but did not give further details.

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

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

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

Local Palestinian sources said Israeli snipers were positioned on the roofs of houses and buildings overlooking downtown Nablus and used drones to fire missiles.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society reported that the Israeli army had prevented its medical teams from entering the neighborhood of al-Qaryoun to evacuate the wounded.

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

Armed clashes were continuing in and around the Old City of Nablus in the northern occupied West Bank, Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim said, reporting from Ramallah.

“We hear local sources call it a ‘scene from hell’. We hear that a large number of Israeli forces have been pushed back inside the city,” Ibrahim said. Nablus is besieged by Israeli forces for more than two weeks already, she added.

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

“We’ve seen Israeli forces close the town because they say they’re interested in tracking down a group calling themselves the lion’s den,” Ibrahim said, adding that the group had 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 Lions’ Den group grew out of young people in the city who took up arms to defend the city against incursions by Israeli forces, and the group then became more formalized. and adopted a name.

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

“You have constant, daily attacks on young Palestinians, whether they are crossing checkpoints, walking to school or to work,” he said.

“Obviously there will be a lot of popularity among West Bank youth when a group says they will not accept the presence of these settlers on their land,” he added.

On Sunday, the Lions’ Den armed group said one of its fighters, Tamer al-Kilani, was killed when an explosive device planted on a motorbike detonated in the old city of Nablus.

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

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

Israeli forces have been carrying out night raids in the occupied West Bank since March in what they say is an attempt to dismantle armed networks and thwart attacks.

In May, Israeli soldiers shot and killed an Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was on a mission to Jeninin the occupied West Bank.

Abu Akleh was wearing a press vest and standing with other journalists when she was shot dead in what has been described as a targeted assassination by Israeli forces.

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