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Israeli forces martyr two Palestinians, injure 40 in West Bank

Israeli forces martyr two Palestinians, injure 40 in West Bank
August 9, 2022 Web Desk

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli forces martyred two Palestinians and injured 40 others in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, witnesses said.

Israeli forces surrounded the house of Ibrahim al-Nabulsi a senior commander of the Fatah's Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades militant group long on Israel's wanted list, calling him to exit, witnesses and the military said.

Al-Nabulsi, barricaded inside with other militants, refused to surrender and a gun battle followed with Israeli forces also using shoulder-fired missiles in the fighting.

Palestinian health officials confirmed al-Nabulsi and another militant were martyred and said 40 more people were injured, many in confrontations that erupted following the shoot-out. There were no reports of Israeli casualties.

The deadly clash, in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, came less than two days after Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group ended three days of fighting in Gaza – the worst flare-up since May 2021, with their truce largely holding.

Al-Nabulsi, was a member of the recently formed "Nablus Brigade", a Palestinian militant alliance in the city which also includes Islamic Jihad's gunmen.