Clashes and tear gas as Israeli forces raid Nablus in occupied West Bank

Exclusive footage obtained and verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad Agency captured the intensity of the situation. The video showed Israeli soldiers, heavily armed and equipped, storming the town while young Palestinian men, fueled by anger and frustration, retaliated by hurling stones at their vehicles.

Tensions escalated in the occupied West Bank as Israeli forces raided the Beit Furik neighborhood of Nablus, sparking clashes with Palestinian residents. The confrontation underscores the ongoing unrest in the region amid the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Exclusive footage obtained and verified by Al Jazeera’s Sanad Agency captured the intensity of the situation. The video showed Israeli soldiers, heavily armed and equipped, storming the town while young Palestinian men, fueled by anger and frustration, retaliated by hurling stones at their vehicles.

The streets of Beit Furik quickly turned into a battleground as the two sides engaged in violent confrontations. The sound of explosions echoed through the neighborhood as tear gas canisters were fired by the Israeli military to disperse the crowds.

The clashes left several Palestinians injured, according to initial reports. The precise count of casualties is yet to be confirmed.

The raid comes amid heightened tensions in the region following weeks of violence between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters. The recent escalation began with clashes in Jerusalem, including the threatened eviction of Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood and Israeli police actions at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

The situation has since spiraled into a broader conflict, with Hamas firing rockets into Israel and Israel carrying out airstrikes on the Gaza Strip. The violence has resulted in a significant number of civilian casualties and widespread destruction in Gaza.

As the conflict shows no signs of abating, the situation in the occupied West Bank remains volatile, with the risk of further violence and bloodshed ever-present. The international community continues to call for an immediate ceasefire and a return to negotiations to resolve the long-standing Israeli-Palestinian conflict.