West Bank Escalation: Two Israelis Injured in Nablus; Palestinian Shot Dead in Jenin

The two men were trying to reach the Tomb of Joseph, a Jewish holy site vandalized on Saturday as tensions in the West Bank rise in the wake of recent terror attacks in Israel

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Border Police at the entrance to Nablus,on Sunday
Border Police at the entrance to Nablus,on SundayCredit: Moti Milrod

Palestinians shot and injured Monday night two Israelis who went through an unmanned checkpoint in the West Bank city of Nablus. 

The Israelis were on their way to Joseph's Tomb in Nablus — a flash point and holy site for Jews that was set ablaze last week by Palestinian rioters.

The two men, identified as members of the Breslov Hasidic movement, were lightly injured and taken to a hospital for medical treatment.

The circumstances of the incident are under investigation. 

A Palestinian who was shot by Israeli forces in Jenin on Sunday succumbed to his wounds a day later. The man was wounded during a raid intended to arrest two brothers of the terrorist who carried out a terror attack in Tel Aviv on Thursday, leaving three Israelis dead.

The Palestinian, 17-year-old Muhammad Zakarna, was shot and wounded after opening fire on soldiers, according to the Israeli army.

Disputing the army's account, his family and friends said that Zakarna was at work when he was hit by an expanding bullet. The 17-year-old worked selling hot drinks in Jenin's industrial zone, though he had nothing to sell that day due to the lockdown on the city.

Also on Sunday, Israeli forces shot and killed a Palestinian man who was throwing Molotov cocktails at an Israeli vehicle near the town of al-Khader in the West Bank.

This follows the fatal shooting of a Palestinian woman in Hebron, after she had stabbed an Israeli Border Police office. The officer was lightly wounded in the attack. 

Another Palestinian woman was shot dead on Sunday in Husan, near Bethlehem, who Israeli forces said approached them in a "suspicious manner" before being fired at.

Tensions between Palestinians and Israeli forces in the West Bank have been on the rise following a series of IDF raids in response to a recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks that has taken the lives of over 14 Israelis over the last three weeks. 

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