4 Killed in Israeli Invasion of Nur Shams; 1 Shot in Nablus

12:00 Apr 19 2024 Nur Shams ((مخيّم نور شمس) refugee camp

Salim Faisal Abdel Latif Ghannam. Screenshot published by IMEMC News 4/19/2024

Scene. Published by IMEMC News 4/20/2024

A Red Crescent ambulance and Israeli military vehicle in the Nur al-Shams refugee camp near Tul Karm in the West Bank, Saturday. Credit: Raneen Sawafta/Reuters. Published by Haaretz

Mohammed Jaber. Published by Haaretz

by IMEMC News
April 20, 2024

The Israeli invasion of the West Bank district of Tulkarem continued Saturday for the third straight day, with Israeli tanks and armored vehicles invading Nur Shams refugee camp, destroying streets and buildings, and Israeli troops killing five Palestinians.

According to Wafa news agency, the Israeli occupation army today killed five Palestinians and injured others in the course of its ongoing large-scale offensive in Nur Shams refugee camp, east of the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarm.

The occupation forces continue their large-scale offensive in Nur Shams refugee camp for the second day, killing at least five people, including a child, and injuring others. At least four casualties were rushed to a nearby hospital.

Eyewitnesses confirmed that the Israeli occupation forces were still withholding the bodies of the victims and preventing ambulance crews from reaching them.

Meanwhile, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its crews managed to evacuate two live ammunition casualties from the camp to the Thabet Thabet Government Hospital.

It added that Israeli soldiers obstructed PRCS emergency ambulance crews from helping injured people in the camp, forced the casualties out of ambulances and inspected their identity cards.

This came as the Israeli occupation army continued to besiege the northern West Bank camp and sent additional reinforcements to it.

The occupation army launched Thursday evening a large-scale offensive against the refugee camp, triggering confrontations and causing extensive destruction.

The army, accompanied by two bulldozers, one of them a D9, stormed and imposed a strict siege on the camp, deploying military vehicles on all axes leading to the camp and closing the main street amid the flying of reconnaissance aircraft in the area.

Israeli bulldozers deliberately destroyed main streets, alleyways, water and wastewater networks on their way to and inside the camp, and tore down walls, stores and parts of houses in the camp.

Additionally, the Israeli forces sealed off the entrances of the camp with earth mounds and targeted electricity poles and wires along the main Nablus Street adjacent to the camp, causing power outages in parts of the area.

Scores of soldiers showed up at dozens of houses in the camp, broke inside, conducted thorough searches, interrogated occupants, wreaked havoc inside, and detained dozens of youths.

They turned some houses into military outposts, deployed snipers and prevented ambulances from entering the camp to transport the bodies of victims and evacuate casualties.

Palestinian businesses went on strike on Saturday in Tulkarem district in condemnation of the ongoing Israeli offensive.

Also Saturday, at dawn, Israeli forces shot and injured a young Palestinian in the town of Beit Furik, east of Nablus.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said that its crews took a young man (24 years old) from Beit Furik to the hospital after he was hit by live occupation bullets in the foot.

The occupation forces had invaded Beit Furik, and as a result of that, confrontations broke out during which gunshots, sound bombs and poison gas were fired at the citizens and their homes.

On Thursday, Israeli troops invaded and ransacked the village of Nour al-Shams near Tulkarem, which is a site that Israeli colonizers have eyed for a takeover for some time. Now, with Israeli paramilitary colonizers having been given free rein by the Israeli government to attack Palestinians throughout the West Bank, including Jerusalem, the Israeli military is assisting the paramilitary colonizers in their illegal seizures of additional Palestinian land.

by IMEMC News
April 19, 2024

During the ongoing assault on the Nur Shams refugee camp, at least one Palestinian has been killed by Israeli forces east of Tulkarem in the northwestern part of the West Bank, however the number is number is not yet confirmed.

On Friday afternoon, media sources announced the death of the Palestinian young man, Salim Faisal Abdel Latif Ghannam, 30, and the injury of others in the Nur Shams refugee camp.

Israeli forces shot the young man with live ammunition while he was in a home in the Al-Damj neighborhood in Nur Shams camp, the body of the slain young man remains inside the camp.

It is important to mention that the slain Salim is the brother of the slain young men, Amer and Ahmed Ghanem, who were killed by Israeli forces during an assault against the camp on October 19, 2023.

Sources added that soldiers shot a young man in the foot with bullet fragments, he was transported to the Martyr Thabet Thabet Governmental Hospital, in stable condition, while earlier it was reported that a young man sustained a moderate injury.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), a volunteer paramedic sustained a gunshot wound in the foot while he was on duty in the camp.

The occupation caused the death of a sick elderly man who died as a result of being unable to access the hospital.

Media sources are now reporting that at least two Palestinians have been killed, however numbers have not been confirmed as the army continues to besiege the camp, blocking ambulance crews from entering.

Arab 48 reported that one of the slain young men was the commander of the Tulkarem Battalion, Mohammad Jaber “Abu Shuja”, this has not been confirmed by official Palestinian sources.

Sources inside the camp said that Israeli soldiers invaded a home in the Al-Iyada neighborhood in the camp and killed the four young men who were barricading themselves inside.

As of 3:51 pm local time, occupation forces continued to impose a siege the camp and prevent ambulances from entering; the identities of all of the slain Palestinians is not known.

It was added that the army opened fire with live rounds towards a group of journalists in the Iktaba suburb, adjacent the camp, while they were covering the storming of the camp.

Soldiers invaded the home of the citizen, Yazan Al-Ajouz, and assaulted him; he was later transported to hospital for treatment.

According to Israeli Army Radio, two occupation soldiers sustained slight injuries as a result of resistance gunfire.

During the incursion into Tulkarem and the Nur Shams camp, Israeli forces abducted at least six Palestinians, one of whom was attacked by police dogs.

Soldiers abducted Asid Taha, after allowing their attack dog to injure him, in addition to abducting Alaa Al-Tamouni, Lotfi Laymoun, Mohammad Hussam Al-Ajouz, Qais Saed Al-Ajouz, and Muhammad Izzat Jaber.

Israeli Military Says 10 Palestinians, Eight Soldiers Wounded in West Bank

The military said its operation in the area had begun on Thursday. Palestinian media outlets reported Friday that one of the dead was Mohammed Jaber, the commander of the Tul Karm Brigades terror group

by Yaniv Kubovich and Jack Khoury for Haaretz
Apr 20, 2024

Israeli forces killed 10 Palestinians in the vicinity of the Nur al-Shams refugee camp near the West Bank city of Tul Karm, the military said Saturday. The military said the 10 had all been armed.

Palestinian media outlets reported Friday that one of the dead was Mohammed Jaber, the commander of the Tul Karm Brigades terror group, also known as Abu Shuja'a. The group is made up of armed members of various different affiliations and is primarily associated with Fatah. It also has links to Hamas and Islamic Jihad, however.

The military said its operation in the area had begun on Thursday, and that eight soldiers and a Border Policeman had been lightly or moderately wounded since it began.

It further said that eight Palestinians had arrested in its operation and that weapons, including assault rifles and other guns, had been confiscated.

Also Saturday, a 50-year-old ambulance driver was shot dead while evacuating wounded people during a clash between Palestinians and settlers in As-Sawiya, south of Nablus in the West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

According to the Red Crescent, two other people were evacuated from the area after being wounded by live fire. A security source said that settlers threw stones at Palestinian cars near the town, and Israeli troops later arrived in the area and opened fire.
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