Israeli Soldiers Kill Three Palestinians, Injure Four, In Nablus

05:00 May 4 2023 Nablus (نابلسs)

Israeli Soldiers Kill Three Palestinians, Injure Four, In Nablus Israeli Soldiers Kill Three Palestinians, Injure Four, In Nablus Israeli Soldiers Kill Three Palestinians, Injure Four, In Nablus
Poster: Moath Masri, 35, Hasan Qatanani, 35, and Ibrahim Jabr, 45. Published by IMEMC News

The scene of the shooting attack which killed three members of the Dee family, in April. Credit: Gil Eliyahu Published by Haaretz

The army said it killed two Palestinian militants, Moath Masri (right) and Hassan Qatanani, reportedly responsible for last month's Dee family killing. Published by Haaretz

by IMEMC News
May 4, 2023

On Thursday morning, Israeli soldiers killed three young Palestinian men and injured at least four after the undercover force infiltrated the Old City of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank, and surrounded a home before dozens of military vehicles invaded the area.

In a statement, the Palestinian Health Ministry identified the slain Palestinians as Moath Masri, 35, Hasan Qatanani, 35, and Ibrahim Jabr, 45.

It added that the remains of two of the slain Palestinians were severely mutilated due to Israeli Energia rockets and shells fired at a home the soldiers surrounded.

The Israeli attack started when undercover forces infiltrated the al-Yasmina neighborhood in Nablus’s Old City and surrounded a home before a large military force invaded the area and used a drone to fire a missile at the property before firing more shells and dozens of live rounds, killing the three young men.

Palestinian medics rushed to the area of the attack, but the soldiers fired many live rounds at their ambulances, preventing them from reaching the home or its surrounding area.

Ahmad Jibril, the head of the Emergency Department at the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in Nablus, said the many Palestinians protested the invasion before the soldiers fired dozens of live rounds, rubber-coated steel bullets, and gas bombs.

Jibril stated that the soldiers injured 166 Palestinians, including four who were shot with live rounds, ten who fell as the army chased them, and 152 who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, especially since the army fired the gas bombs at random, many striking homes or landing near them.

Among the wounded were many schoolchildren who suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation in their schools near the invaded area.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education in Nablus said it had to evacuate 16 schools in the invaded area and its surroundings to ensure the children’s safety, especially since the soldiers were firing many live rounds and gas bombs.

The Israeli army claimed that two of the slain Palestinians, Moath Masri and Hasan Qatanani, were responsible for a shooting attack last month, leading to the death of three Israelis from the Dee family in the Jordan Valley, last month, and alleged that Jabr aided them in fleeing the scene. The three are from the illegal Israeli colony of Efrat, built on Palestinian lands near Bethlehem.

The army also confirmed more than 200 soldiers took part in the invasion, adding that they used anti-tank shoulder-mounted missiles and stun grenades dropped from military drones.

The Health Ministry said the death of the three young men brings the number of slain Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers and paramilitary colonizers since the beginning of this year to 107, including 20 children and one woman.

Various Palestinian officials, national and Islamic factions, and social figures denounced the invasion and the killing of the three young men, especially since it was clear the soldiers were not there to abduct the three Palestinians but rather to assassinate them, and that is why they started the attack by firing shells at the property.

Israeli Army Kills Two Palestinians Responsible for Dee Family Terror Attack in Nablus Raid

Last month's attack in the northern West Bank resulted in the death of 48-year-old Lucy Dee, and her two daughters 16-year-old Rina and 20-year-old Maia

by Jack Khoury for Haaretz
May 4, 2023
8:30 am IDT

Three Palestinians were killed from Israeli army fire and four were wounded on Thursday morning in the West Bank city of Nablus, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Israeli army says that two of them were responsible for last month's shooting attack in the northern West Bank in which three members of the Dee family were killed. It identified the two as Moath Masri and Hasan Qatanani, both 35 years old. The third casualty, 45-year-old Ibrahim Jabr, aided Masri and Qatanani in escaping the scene of the shooting attack.

The IDF further said that over 200 soldiers took part in the raid, and that they used anti-tank shoulder mounted missiles and stun grenades dropped from drones.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that four wounded Palestinians were evacuated to hospital, while over 150 were reportedly harmed by inhaling tear gas, among them students who were in a nearby school at the time of the raid.

Leo Dee, the father of the family, thanked the Israeli forces for killing the assailants. In an interview with Kan Radio, he stated that if the terrorists were captured alive, he and his daughter Tali would have liked to "interview [them] and ask them why they did it and what their vision is for a better world for their children. Since they are dead, I asked the Shin Bet if it is possible to ask their family the same question."

Dee also added that he is comforted by the fact that his wife Lucy's organs were transplanted into patients he met at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. "It was a great comfort," he said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement commending the killings. "We have come to terms with the murderers of Lucy, Maya and Rina. Our message to those who hurt us and to those who try to hurt us - whether it takes a day, a week or a month - be sure that we will [reach you]."

Israel's defense minister, Yoav Gallant, issued a statement celebrating the death of the two Palestinian militants, saying that "as we promised Leo [the father of the Dee family], the long arm of Israel's defense establishment will reach every terrorist."

Last month's terror attack in the northern West Bank resulted in the death of 48-year-old Lucy Dee, and her two daughters 16-year-old Rina and 20-year-old Maia.

Lucy and her daughters were travelling in a car for their Passover holiday in the Hamra Junction area, in the northern Jordan Valley, where they had gone to hike. The father, Leo, was in a separate car just ahead, and was present as first responders provided emergency aid to his wife and daughters.

According to an investigation, a passenger in another car opened fire on the women's vehicle while another person drove. After the shooting, the car carrying the women pulled over onto a shoulder, and the shooting continued, this time from close range.
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