Today, Wednesday 13 April, Israeli occupation forces killed the Palestinian lawyer Muhammad Hassan Muhammad Assaf in the city of Nablus in the north of the occupied West Bank. Assaf was 34 years old.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health announced the death of Assaf, a lawyer for the Committee of Popular Resistance against the Wall and Settlement on the West Bank, after he was shot in the chest by Israeli occupation forces during a raid in Nablus city.
Seventeen other Palestinians were wounded, one critically, after Israeli forces conducted raids in the city of Nablus and the towns of Beita, Urif and al-Lubban al-Sharqiya.
Ahmed Jibril, director of the Red Crescent’s ambulance and emergency services in Nablus, said that five civilians were wounded by live bullets and five by rubber-coated bullets. One citizen suffered burns from a tear gas canister, and another was run over by an occupation force vehicle. Eight Palestinians suffered suffocation-related injuries.
The occupation forces stormed the towns of Beita, al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, and Urif, south of Nablus, in addition to the eastern area of Nablus city, in order to protect settler groups’ storming of Joseph’s Tomb.
Jibril indicated that one citizen remains in a critical condition after being struck by live fire in Beita, south of Nablus. Another citizen was struck in the eye by a rubber-coated bullet, he added.
Occupation forces raided several homes in Beita, al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, and Urif, and made five arrests in Beita alone. The arrestees are Jamal Dwiyykat, Islam Naim Diab, Ayser Tayel Jaghob, Raed Abdel Rahman Barham, Ihab Ismail Hamayel, and Nidal Yusef Jamil Shehadeh, from Urif.
In al-Lubban al-Sharqiya, occupation forces arrested two brothers, Badr and Amr Mahmud Daraghmeh, and detained Ahmed Samir Daraghmeh, after severely beating him and destroying his barbershop.
Since the beginning of this year, 39 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli occupation forces, 11 in April alone.
Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, has said recently that there are “no restrictions on [Israeli] security forces.”