Israel launched another attack on the Nablus area in the West Bank, Palestine last Wednesday (22/2). The Israeli army attack killed more than ten Palestinians,including a teenager and a 72-year-old man. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the attack also injured more than 100 Palestinians.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) entered the old city of Nablus in the morning, sparking clashes with Palestinian armed groups. According to the IDF, it stepped up operations after its troops came under fire from Palestinian armed groups. Then, theIDF fired missiles at the wanted militia's hideout, causing part of the building to collapse. Several sources on the Palestinian side said two Islamic Jihad commanders were killed in the attack. Hamas, a Palestinian militia group that has occasionally joined forces with the Islamic Jihad group, has threatened reprisals from the Gaza Strip, the territory it controls.
Abu Ubaida, a Spokesperson for the Hamas armed forces, confirmed on the Telegram application that his party's patience was running out to retaliate against the Israeli side.
The deadly attack, which Israel claims is a "counterterrorism" operation, immediately received a strong response from both Palestine and the international community.
Top Palestinian official,Hussein Al Sheikh denounced the attack as a "massacre" and called for international protection for the Palestinian people. Palestine has also asked the UN Security Council to hold an emergency session on the Israeli forces' operations in Nablus. Palestinian Foreign Minister,Riyad Malki has also asked the Arab League Council to convene at the permanent representative level to discuss the incident in Nablus. A request for a meeting was also submitted to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to condemn Israel's actions.
Meanwhile, U.S.State DepartmentSpokesperson,Ned Price expressed Washington's concern over the incident.
The European Union's Head of Foreign Policy, Josep Borrell, said that the European Union is very worried about the increasing violence in the West Bank. He called on all parties to work to restore peace and avoid further loss of life.
France also made strong comments. It condemns acts of violence committed against civilians and reaffirms Israel's obligation to respect international humanitarian law by using force proportionately.
In addition, United Nations Secretary,General Antonio Guterres said the situation in the Palestinian territories had been very precarious for many years.He perceived thattensions have escalated because the peace process has stalled.
Both parties should have continued the peace process while respecting and appreciating the achievements so far, including what has been agreed upon in the points of the historic agreement, which was signed at the White House, in the United States of AmericaonSeptember 13, 1993.