A senior member of a loosely organized Palestinian terrorist organization known as the Lions Den died early Sunday morning in an explosion in the West Bank city of Nablus, along with a group who claimed Israel had “assassinated” him. did.
A top member of the emerging group, Tamer Kirani, has advocated nightly attacks against Israeli forces and civilians during the Nablus crackdown, but the morning after a motorcycle-mounted explosive device detonated in the old city of Nablus. Died around 1:30. , according to group and Palestinian media reports.
In a statement, Lions Den claimed Israeli forces planted the bomb, but some reports suggested it may have been an accident. called on members of the public to attend Kirani’s funeral later on Sunday.
Video footage allegedly showing the blast was circulating on social media, as was a clip allegedly showing Israeli “collaborators” planting the bomb.
The Israeli Defense Forces have not officially commented on the explosion and the death of its members.
A defense official said Kilani, previously imprisoned in Israel, was directly involved in sending a Palestinian man to attempt a “massive” attack in Tel Aviv last month.
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Tensions in the Nablus region have soared in recent weeks, with Israeli forces setting up a cordon around the Palestinian city and cracking down on Lion’s Den.
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Lion’s Den has responded to the bulk of the shootings in the Nablus area since it was formed in August by members of various terrorist groups, including those involved in the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and Islamic Jihad in Palestine in the past. have claimed responsibility.
One Israeli soldier was killed in an attack by the group, and another was slightly injured in another attack on a civilian vehicle. Other attacks were ineffective, but videos of the shootings uploaded to social media helped gain immense popularity on the streets of Palestine in a short period of time.
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Based in the old city of Nablus, the group is believed to consist of dozens of members who avoid proper hierarchy, unlike other armed factions in the West Bank. Israeli authorities refer to the group as a “terrorist unit”.
While most other unorganized popular resistance involves attacking troops conducting operations inside Palestinian cities, Lions Den members did not wait for the troops to arrive, instead nearly nightly. They managed to escape unscathed for the most part before heading outside the Old City of Nablus and attacking Israeli targets in the area.
On Friday, Palestinians protesting the closure at a closed entrance to the city near Hwara clashed with troops, hurling stones and burning tires.
The region has also witnessed numerous incidents, including settler violence against Palestinians, left-wing activists and IDF soldiers.
Early Thursday morning, settlers who were throwing stones at Palestinians near Hwala attacked soldiers who tried to disperse them. During the clashes, four troops were pepper sprayed and widely criticized.
Two Israeli settlers, one of whom is also a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, were arrested in the incident.
There are many hard-line settlements around Nablus, and residents often intimidate Palestinians and destroy property. The settlers also accuse the military of not being enough to protect them.
Anti-terrorist attacks launched earlier this year and focused on the northern West Bank have resulted in more than 2,000 arrests in near-nightly raids.More than 120 Palestinians have also been killed. Many, but not all, died during attacks or during clashes with security forces.
In a raid of arrests across the West Bank early Sunday morning, the IDF said its forces had arrested nine wanted Palestinians.
The IDF counter-terrorist offensive in the West Bank has been launched following a series of Palestinian attacks earlier this year that killed 19 people. Another Israeli was killed in a suspected attack last month, and four soldiers were killed in the West Bank during an attack and arrest operation.