Israeli forces kill 2 Palestinians, injure 7 during West Bank raid

The Israeli occupation forces have fatally shot two Palestinian men and injured seven others in a raid on the Balata refugee camp near the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, amid the regime’s relentless aggression against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinian Information Center said on Saturday that the casualties took place after the occupation forces stormed the Balata refugee camp and fired live ammunition on Palestinian residents inside a house.

Palestinian media reported that “undercover” special forces, accompanied by Israeli soldiers, surrounded the house in the al-Jamasin neighborhood in the center of the camp and a number of snipers climbed the roofs of the houses, which led to the outbreak of confrontations.

The occupation forces earlier closed the entrances to the camp and later engaged in violence, including heavy firing of bullets and tear gas canisters.

The Palestinian health ministry was cited by Ma’an news agency as saying that Saed Jihad Shaker Mesha, 32, and Adnan Wasim Yousef al-Araj, 19, were the two Palestinian youths killed with live bullets to the head during the Israeli aggression against Balata camp.

The other Palestinians were reported to have gunshot wounds in the neck, abdomen and thigh.

Israeli jets target several locations in Gaza Strip

Meanwhile, Israeli fighter jets launched a fresh round of air strikes on several locations in the Gaza Strip in the wee hours of Saturday, the fifth consecutive day of Israeli air strikes against the besieged strip.

Palestine’s official Wafa news agency said the Israeli planes targeted with missiles a five-story building belonging to the family of Baha Abu Atta, the former commander of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement who was assassinated in a 2019 operation, in the Shujaiya neighborhood east of Gaza and another house in the Yarmouk area in the central Gaza City.

“The house in the Yarmouk area of Gaza was bombed by a missile from a drone, then by two missiles from a warplane, which resulted in its complete destruction,” Wafa said.

The news agency added that the Israeli airstrikes on the two houses left three people, including a woman, injured and resulted in material damage to some neighboring houses as well as power outages in parts of the two targeted areas.

The occupation warplanes also bombed on Saturday an agricultural land in the vicinity of the popular Firas market in the center of Gaza City.

Moreover, the Israeli strikes targeted agricultural lands near the Fallujah cemetery, east of Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, and another land east of Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, without causing any injuries.

It raised the death toll from the Israeli onslaught on Gaza to 33, including three women and six children, while more than 150 have been wounded, some being in critical condition.

Resistance responds with rockets

The Palestinian resistance factions in the Gaza Strip resumed rocket fire on the occupied territories on Saturday, a few hours after Israeli aircraft bombed targets in the coastal strip.

The bombardment set off sirens in the southern city of Sderot and a number of Israeli communities, sending Israeli settlers to shelters. There were no reports of casualties.

The recent Israeli aggression came just hours after an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City’s al-Nasr neighborhood left at least three Palestinians dead and 10 others injured, with reports saying a senior commander of al-Quds Brigades – the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad – was among those martyred in the attack.

The Islamic Jihad has vowed to strike targets deep inside the occupied territories in response to the targeting of residential homes in Gaza.

The Israeli regime has been continuously bombarding the strip over the past several days, assassinating several resistance commanders in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In response, Palestinian resistance factions have launched retaliatory strikes toward Israeli cities and settlements.

The Israeli military says so far nearly 1,000 rockets have been fired from the strip.

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