On Tuesday, the Israeli military raided a house in the city, destroying the structure with missiles, thus killing or wounding those who were inside, Palestinian news outlets reported.
The atrocity resulted in the death of three Palestinians, identified as Ibrahim Nabulsi, Islam Sabbouh, and Hussein Jamal Taha, whom the Palestinian Ma’an news agency said were “senior members of resistance.” As many as 69 others were also injured during the attack.
Hazem Qassem, spokesman for the Gaza Strip-based Palestinian resistance movement of Hamas, saluted “Nablus’ martyrs,” praising their “heroic struggle” in the face of the Zionist enemy’s army.
He described the struggle that had been triggered in the city as a “new stage” of the occupied West Bank’s fight against the Zionist occupiers.
The unity that characterized the Nablus’ battle, Qassem said, reflected what was going on “throughout all Palestinian cities.” The occupying regime would not be capable of stopping this “rising revolutionary wave,” and would eventually “pay the price,” he asserted.
The al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a coalition of Palestinian armed groups in the occupied West Bank, meanwhile, identified Ibrahim Nabulsi and Islam Sabbouh as its members, saying it believed in the “divine victory” that awaited those who were struggling down this path.
The West Bank-headquartered Palestinian Fatah movement also called for a national day of mourning throughout the Palestinian territories as well as nationwide strike in reaction to the development.
The bloodshed came only two days after the Islamic Jihad agreed to a truce meant to end three days of incessant Israeli attacks against Gaza that killed as many as 45 Palestinians there.
The Islamic Jihad, Hamas’ fellow resistance group in Gaza, which retaliated by firing hundreds of rockets towards the occupied territories, has said that despite agreeing to the truce, it “reserves the right to respond to any [recurrent] Zionist aggression.”