Israeli forces invade Nablus

By Zakaria Al-Tilimis, KUNA

Gaza : Israeli forces are executing Thursday a wide-scale military operation in Nablus, northern Gaza Strip, and camps neighboring it.

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Eyewitnesses told KUNA more than 50 Israeli military vehicles invaded the city, imposing a curfew in a number of its districts and surrounding its hospitals.

They added that the Israeli forces set up military checkpoints in the city, especially at the entrances of hospitals and the old town and are checking the identification cards of Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers took over the roofs of high buildings and controlled the city completely, the said.

The Israeli Army arrested four Palestinians in Balata refugee camp and injured another during its military attack.

Israeli media sources said the military operation in Nablus came 48 hours after the visit of Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Israeli Army chief of staff Gaby Ashkenazi to the city in which they checked the Israeli military points over the mountain tops around the city.

The sources said Israel will not remove the barriers around Nablus, claiming that the city houses Palestinian militants.

Nablus is surrounded by three military barriers separating it from the center and south of the West Bank, the cities in northern the West Bank, and the eastern towns.

The Israeli Army admitted the invasion of Nablus, claiming that the operation aims to arresting the “wanted” Palestinian resistance activists.

The Israeli Army arrested 28 Palestinians in different parts of the West Bank, mainly in Nablus, Al-Khalil, and Ramallah, a radio reported.