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Massacre in Nablus: Israeli army kill 11 including child and three elderly men, injure hundreds

This is a developing story.

21:43: The Ministry of Health announced the death of 66-year-old Anan Shawkat Enab from tear gas inhalation, bringing the death toll to 11. 

14:55: The Ministry of Health announces the death of 23-year-old Jasser Jamil Abdel Wahab Qaneer, bringing the death toll to 10.

14:46: The Ministry of Health has identified the ninth fatality as 16-year-old Mohammad Farid Shaaban.

14:30 A full strike has been declared by various factions and institutions across governorates in the West Bank in mourning for the victims.

14:20 The Ministry of Health has revised the death toll to nine, including a 72-year-old man and a 61-year-old man.

13:00 The Israeli army is now retreating from the city.

Jerusalem24 – The Israeli military including special forces units launched this morning a large-scale invasion of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Several units surrounded a house with two men inside, firing anti-tank missiles during the siege, while other units deployed across the city including residential and busy commercial streets.

Soldiers fired “indiscriminately” at civilians from inside armored military vehicles, according to sources on the ground, killing 16-year-old Mohammad Farid Shaaban, 72-year-old Adnan Saba Ba’ara, 61-year-old Abdel Hadi Abdel Aziz Ashqar, 23-year-old Walid Riyadh Hussein Dakhil, 33-year-old Tamer Nimer Ahmad Minawi, 26-year-old Mosaab Mounir Mohammad Awais, 24-year-old Hussam Bassam Aslim, 23-year-old Mohammad Abdel Fattah Abdel Ghani, 24-year-old Mohammad Khaled Anbousi, and 23-year-old Jasser Jamil Abdel Wahab Qaneer. 66-year-old Anan Shawkat Enab died in the evening from excessive tear gas inhalation.

Security camera footage capturing the moment Anbousi and one other were shot shows they were targeted in the head and upper body as they walked away from the direction of the fire.

A further 102 were injured by live ammunition, including another elderly man, women, and several journalists, with several of the injured in critical condition. 295 required treatment for tear gas inhalation when the army fired barrages of tear gas canisters at crowds and in residential areas.

The Red Crescent reported this afternoon that a number of its ambulances were prevented from reaching or evacuating the injured, including a 4-year-old boy with a heart condition. Four ambulances were also targeted with live ammunition.

Various cities, ministries, and educational institutions have declared full strikes today and tomorrow across the occupied West Bank in mourning for the victims in Nablus. Israeli forces and settlers have now shot and killed 60 Palestinians including 13 children in the occupied West Bank including East Jerusalem since the beginning of the year.

The daytime invasion comes three days after Axios reported Israel agreed to “decrease the number of Israeli military raids in Palestinian cities”, in exchange for Palestine dropping its bid to put a resolution condemning planned illegal Israeli settlement expansion to a vote at the UN Security Council.

Smoke rises from a house targeted by Israeli anti-tank missiles.
The Israeli military fired large amounts of tear gas in residential and crowded commercial streets. Dozens required treatment for tear gas inhalation.
Palestinian youths light tire fires in order to impede Israeli movement in the city.
Soldiers are firing “indiscriminately” at civilians from inside armored military vehicles.
An Israeli military jeep wreaks havoc in a local market.
A Palestinian youth wears a mask as he passes in front of tear gas canisters launched by the Israeli army in downtown Nablus.

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