RAMALLAH (Dispatches) – Zionist troops have shot and killed another Palestinian in the southern occupied West Bank.
Mohammad Jawabreh, 22, was shot in the head during confrontations at the Arroub refugee camp north of Al-Khalil on Thursday afternoon, and succumbed to his wounds on Friday before dawn, local medics said.
He was admitted to the intensive care unit upon arriving at al-Ahli hospital in the city and remained there until his death.
Jawabreh was a police officer with the Palestinian Authority (PA) and worked in Bethlehem city. He was also an undergraduate student in media technology at the Palestine Technical University – Kadoorie, the school said in a statement mourning him.
Zionist troops have killed 65 Palestinians, including 13 children, this year so far, and injured hundreds of others, making the first two months of 2023 the deadliest for Palestinians compared with the same period since 2000.
Thousands of people in the West Bank and Gaza turned out for the funeral procession of Palestinians killed by Zionist troops during a raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus, amid heightened tensions that have drawn fears of a further escalation in violence.
Residents and local sources said the mourners carried the bodies of the victims during a Thursday ceremony attended by people from all walks of life. People were crying as hundreds came on motorcycles and by cars from various Palestinian towns and cities to bid farewell to the martyrs.
Widespread confrontations broke out on Wednesday, soon after Zionist troops stormed Nablus with dozens of armored vehicles and special forces at 10 a.m. local time (0800 GMT).
The army blocked off all entrances to the city before surrounding a home with two high-profile Palestinian resistance fighters, identified as Hossam Isleem and Mohammad Abdulghani, who were both killed.
At least 11 Palestinians were killed. Another 102 people were also injured – 82 hit by live ammunition, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Six were in critical condition. A 66-year-old man who suffered from gas inhalation during the raid died in hospital later on Wednesday, the ministry said.
The Lions’ Den resistance group said in a statement that its members engaged in clashes with Israeli forces during the raid, alongside fighters from the newly-formed Balata Brigades. Young Palestinians pelted armored Zionist vehicles with rocks.
Millions of Palestinians across the West Bank observed a general strike on Thursday as they mourned the eleven victims. Stores closed early in all cities.