Israeli military post near Nablus comes under gunfire; no injuries — report

An Israeli military post in the northern West Bank came under gunfire overnight Wednesday-Thursday, according to preliminary reports in the Hebrew-language media. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

There were no injuries in the attack, which took place at an Israel Defense Forces position at Mount Gerizim, a few kilometers south of the West Bank city of Nablus.

Israeli news site Walla reported additional gunfire incidents in the area but did not specify or source the information.

The reported shooting incident came hours after Palestinian gunmen fired a hail of bullets at the settlement of Shaked, also in the northern West Bank, about 40 miles away from Nablus, on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the military, slight damage was caused to a home on the settlement, located close to the security barrier, about 10 kilometers west of the Palestinian city of Jenin.

There were no injuries in the attack. The settlement has been targeted several times in recent months.

Damage caused to a home in the settlement of Shaked following a shooting attack, November 16, 2022. (Samaria Regional Council)

The IDF said troops launched a manhunt for the suspects, who fled the scene. The bullets — at least 39 rounds — were fired from outside the settlement.

In surveillance camera footage published by the Samaria Regional Council, heavy gunfire could be heard during the attack.

In recent months, Palestinian gunmen have repeatedly targeted military posts, troops operating along the West Bank security barrier, Israeli settlements and civilians on the roads.

The number of shootings has decreased in recent weeks, following major gains by the IDF against the Nablus-based Lion’s Den terror group, which had claimed responsibility for near-nightly shooting attacks.

The attacks came amid an Israeli anti-terror offensive mostly focused on the northern West Bank to deal with a series of Palestinian attacks that have left 29 people in Israel and the West Bank dead since the start of the year.

The operation has netted more than 2,000 arrests in near-nightly raids, but has also left over 130 Palestinians dead, many of them — but not all — while carrying out attacks or during clashes with security forces.

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