A medical source at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus in the north of the West Bank said that on Tuesday soldiers fatally shot one resident and wounded 27, including two children, one of whom remains in critical condition.
Both Nablus and Balata refugee camp experienced a large-scale military invasion beginning in the early morning hours of Tuesday, during which the army conducted extensive searches and raided dozens of homes in several neighborhoods.
17-year-old Salim Omar Al-Kousa was shot and killed from military fire coming from the rooftops after soldiers took positions on the top of houses and other buildings.
Al-Kousa sustained a gunshot injury to his heart causing his immediate death. The army claimed that he was armed with a Kalashnikov rifle.
A local source in Nablus said that soldiers raided the Al-Duwwar area, Ghirnatah Street, the old city, Al-Haddadin Market, and Bab Al-Saha, and fired gas bombs, concussion grenades and rubber coated bullets, wounding three residents.
The source added that soldiers raided several homes in the city during clashes between dozens of residents who hurled stones at the army invading the city and soldiers who fired rubber-coated bullets, gas bombs and concussion grenades.
A medial source at Rafidia Hospital in Nablus said that Tha’er Abu Zahra, 17 years old, was hit by a rubber-coated bullet in his head. Other injuries treated at the hospital included a resident who was badly bruised after being clubbed by soldiers and another man who had been hit by bullet fragmentation to his thigh.
Several other injuries were reported during clashes between the residents and soldiers.
In Balata refugee camp, east of Nablus, soldiers shot and wounded four children, one critically, after invading the camp.
A medical source in Nablus said that Sami Majed Abu Mustafa, 14 years old, was critically wounded with a gunshot injury to his head; Baha’ Saleh, 16, had a gunshot injury to his ear; Tha’er Abdul-Halim Al-Shafiey, 16, sustained a gunshot injury to his shoulder; and Ibrahim Abu Ayyash, sustained a gunshot injury to his right arm.
In its defense, the army claimed that several cocktail bombs and other explosives were hurled at soldiers. The army has, however, reported no injuries among the soldiers.