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Occupation closes Nablus after settler killed

The Israeli occupation forces closed the entrances to the northern West Bank city of Nablus after the killing of a settler in the village of Sarra near the city, while praising the Palestinian resistance factions in the process, which considered the first practical response to the violations of the occupation of Jerusalem.

Eyewitnesses told Anatolia that the Israeli army closed the southern entrance to the city, and prevented Palestinian vehicles from passing through it.

The southern entrance is one of the most important entrances to the city, linking the northern West Bank to the central and southern governorates of the West Bank.

The occupation also closed the western entrance of the city of Mosul with the governorates of Qalqiliya and Tulkarm (north).

An Israeli settler died of wounds sustained in a shooting near the village of Sarra, west of Nablus.

Earlier, the Israeli army said that shots were fired from a speeding vehicle near the settlement of the Gilad hills, and one was reported so far. The army did not specify the identity of those who opened fire.

Following the operation, the Israeli occupation forces stormed the town of Sarra after placing roadblocks on all roads leading to the area. They deployed troops in the vicinity of the surrounding Palestinian towns and began searching for the attacker.

Dozens of settlers gathered in the vicinity of the Palestinian village of Burin and on the road between the cities of Nablus and Qalqilya to express their anger and ask them to avenge those who fired.

Eyewitnesses reported that settlers from Yitzhar settlement, southwest of Nablus, threw stones and stones at Palestinian houses and vehicles.

Clashes broke out between the Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian youths in the town of Tell, west of Nablus, where live bullets and tear gas were fired, without causing any injuries.

On Wednesday, clashes broke out between Palestinian youths and Israeli troops in Al-Tira neighborhood in the central West Bank city of Ramallah after the Israeli army stormed the city and searched a number of houses.

The Anatolia correspondent reported that dozens of youths threw stones at army troops, while the latter responded with rubber and live bullets, stun grenades and sound bombs.

Resistance pays tribute
Commenting on the killing of the settler, the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) confirmed that the shooting is the first practical response to fire, in reference to violations of the Israeli occupation and recent decisions on Jerusalem.

Qassam Brigades spokesman Abu Obeida said that the response came to remind the Israeli occupation leaders and those behind them that what they fear is coming and that the West Bank will remain a dagger in their side.

For its part, Saraya al-Quds, the military wing of the Islamic Jihad said that the Nablus operation confirmed that all attempts to uproot the resistance did not succeed, and that it is still able to determine the date and the appropriate manner of implementation.

Al-Saraya stressed in a statement that the Palestinian people will not abandon the resistance approach against the terrorism of the occupation and its settlers to recover its stolen rights.

Most Palestinian cities in the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and the 1948 territories have been protesting since US President Donald Trump’s recognition on December 6 of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the start of the transfer of Washington’s embassy to the occupied city.
Source: Al Jazeera + Agencies

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