Israeli Forces Detonate Home of Slain Palestinian, Injure Dozens, Near Nablus

05:00 Aug 8 2023 Askar (مخيم عسكر) refugee camp

Israeli Forces Detonate Home of Slain Palestinian, Injure Dozens, Near Nablus Israeli Forces Detonate Home of Slain Palestinian, Injure Dozens, Near Nablus
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Aug 8, 2023

Large numbers of Israeli forces invaded, on Monday night, the Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus in the northern West Bank, causing dozens of injuries and detonating a Palestinian home at dawn, Tuesday, local sources reported.

Before midnight Monday, a large army force, accompanied by at least 30 armored vehicles, stormed the Askar refugee camp, east of Nablus, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The army besieged the home of the slain Abdel-Fattah Kharousha, and detained at least 60 people, including the residents of the home and nearby homes, in a local mosque, releasing them after the operation.

The invasion sparked fierce protests among dozens of local Palestinian youths, who burned tires, threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at the military vehicles, and detonated at least one explosive device, targeting the armored trucks.

Israeli forces opened fire at those who resisted the incursion, which the army responded to by firing live rounds, rubber-coated steel rounds, and tear gas canisters, causing dozens of injuries among the Palestinian youths.

According to Ahmed Jibril, the director of ambulance and emergency at the Red Crescent in Nablus, one young man was shot with live ammunition, while two sustained bullet fragment (shrapnel) wounds.

Jibril added that at least three youths were shot with rubber-coated steel rounds, 185 people suffered the toxic effects of tear gas inhalation, and at least four sustained injuries from falls during confrontations.

The occupation army surrounded the residential building, and spent many hours wiring the third floor Kharousha family apartment for detonation.

At dawn Tuesday, soldiers detonated the 150-square-meter apartment, forcing the six family members of the slain Kharousha, to become homeless.

Abdel-Fattah Kharousha, 49, from the Askar refugee camp was accused of killing two illegal Israeli colonizers in Huwara village, south of Nablus, in the northern West Bank.

Israeli forces then assassinated him on March 7, 2023, along with five other Palestinian men during a brutal assault against the Jenin refugee camp, also in the north.

The wife of Kharousha stated that the army, “only demolished stones and walls, but did not destroy their will and determination, nor did it destroy their spirit of resistance.”

She added that three of her sons are currently imprisoned by the occupation state and that she was recently notified of an order to demolish the home of her son, Khaled Kharousha, under the pretext of allegedly helping his father in the Huwara operation.
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