After a series of incidents in Israel provoked five days of army raids in the occupied West Bank, Israeli troops killed a Palestinian in the city of Nablus.
During the Nablus assault, Israeli soldiers shot Muhammad Hassan Muhammad Assaf, a 34-year-old Nablus resident, in the chest, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry on Wednesday.
According to the ministry, Assaf served as a legal counsel to the Palestinian Authority’s Committee Against the Wall and Settlements.
Nablus and the adjoining town of Beita have seen 31 persons wounded thus far, including 10 from live fire, six from rubber-coated bullets, and 13 from tear gas, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
According to a medical group, the Israeli army raided the towns of Beita and Lubban ash-Sharqiya, south of Nablus, at 5 a.m. local time. Urif and Balata, two towns east of Nablus, were also stormed by the Israeli army, where an exchange of gunfire had been recorded.
To repair damage caused by Palestinians to the Jewish holy site known as the Tomb of Joseph, Israeli troops invaded Nablus, Israeli public radio reported, escorting Israeli repair crews.
A major Jewish holiday commemorating the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt, Passover, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said, “We will not tolerate such an assault on a location that is holy to us on the eve of Passover.”
An angry mob attacked an armored convoy of Israeli troops speeding through the streets, hurling rocks and burning devices in their direction.