Palestinian fighter killed in Nablus explosion

Palestinian fighter killed in explosion in Nablus


A Palestinian fighter was killed in an explosion in the occupied West Bank on Sunday, Palestinian authorities said, with the armed group to which he belonged accusing Israel of being behind his killing.  

Tamer al-Kilani was killed overnight from Saturday to Sunday in the Old City of Nablus in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said.  

The circumstances of his death are unclear, with a Palestinian police inspector telling AFP that Tamer al-Kilani died in an “explosion” in the Palestinian town, without further details. 

According to an AFP correspondent on the spot, Palestinians gathered on Sunday around the charred remains of a motorbike which was allegedly loaded with explosives. 

Tamer al-Kilani belonged to the militant group “Areen al-oussoud” (“the lion's den”), which has become popular in recent months with young Palestinian fighters.  

He was one of its “fiercest fighters”, the group said on Telegram, accusing Israel of killing him with an explosive charge.  

At Rafidia hospital in Nablus, Tamer al-Kilani's mother and sister were standing over his body, an AFP journalist noted. 

Contacted by AFP, the Israeli army declined to comment on the charges against the Jewish state while indicating that Tamer al-Kilani had been “involved in attacks targeting Israelis and had previously been imprisoned by Israel”.&nbsp ; 

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah movement, which rules the West Bank, called the killing a “cowardly assassination” in a statement carried by the official Palestinian news agency Wafa. &nbsp ;

Violence has increased in recent months in the northern West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied since 1967 by the Jewish state, particularly in the area of ​​Nablus and Jenin, strongholds of armed groups where soldiers Israelis stepped up operations in the wake of deadly anti-Israeli attacks in March and April. 

These raids, often interspersed with clashes with the Palestinian population, left more than a hundred dead on the Palestinian side, i.e. the balance sheet l e heaviest in the West Bank for nearly seven years, according to the UN. 

Since the beginning of the month, 19 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers have been killed, according to a report established by AFP.