Two Palestinians, two Israeli soldiers injured as Israeli forces storm Nablus

Two Palestinians, two Israeli soldiers injured as Israeli forces storm Nablus
The Israeli army stormed a refugee camp in Nablus on Monday morning, starting fighting which left two Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers injured.
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10 April, 2023
The raid comes after a week of Israeli escalation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank [Getty/archive]

At least two Palestinians and one Israeli officer and one soldier were injured on Monday when Israeli forces raided the Al-Ain refugee camp in the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Fighting broke out at dawn between the Israeli army and Palestinian fighters as Israeli forces stormed Nablus. 

The Israeli forces raided the Al-Ain camp in search of a young man, bringing in large reinforcements. They stormed the house of former prisoner Abdulrahman Akouba before detaining him.

Residents initially confronted the soldiers with stones and empty bottles, according to reports, before Palestinian resistance fighters clashed with the Israeli soldiers using machine guns and other weapons.

Videos shared on social media showed smoke billowing from the camp and the sound of gunfire could be heard.

Two Palestinian residents of the Al-Ain refugee camp were wounded by shrapnel in the Israeli assault, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Ten Palestinians were also treated for suffocation injuries as a result of inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers.

The Israeli army said one of its officers and one of its soldiers were wounded by shrapnel as their vehicle came under fire whilst leaving the camp. They were transported to hospital for treatment.

Elsewhere in the West Bank, at least one man was killed and two others were injured when the Israeli army stormed the Aqabat Jabr camp near Jericho, WAFA reported.

Nearly 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israel this year as it continues to launch deadly raids on West Bank towns and cities on a near-daily basis.

The West Bank incursions began in March 2022 and increased following the re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister of a far-right Israeli coalition government.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said the first quarter of 2023 has been the deadliest for Palestinians in 23 years.

Last week saw raids at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem where Israeli forces beat and arrested hundreds of worshippers.

The raids were followed by rocket fire from southern Lebanon, Syria and Gaza, as well as a car ramming in Tel Aviv.