A Palestinian gunman was killed in a clash with Israeli troops near Nablus early Sunday morning, the military said, as troops were put on high alert ahead of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

The Israel Defense Forces said troops identified a group of armed Palestinians driving near Nablus on a motorbike and by car.

“IDF troops opened fire at the armed men. Hits were identified,” the IDF said.

The group of armed men were thought to have been heading to commit a shooting attack in the area.

An armed Palestinian group calling itself “Lion’s Den,” announced that a member, Saeed Kuni, was killed in the clash. His body was reportedly being held by the IDF.

Several other members were hurt in the clash, according to Palestinian media reports. Images posted to social media showed a burnt motorbike and a car damaged by gunfire.

تقارير عبرية: الجيش الإسرائيلي يقـ،تل فلسطيني ويصيب آخرين في #نابلس #عاجل https://t.co/8YKMfFl9i9 pic.twitter.com/vHiymSYnu1

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The group — based in Nablus’ old city — was established in recent months by members of various terror groups. Some of its members were apparently previously affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Lion’s Den is tied to Ibrahim Nabulsi, a wanted Palestinian gunman who was killed in an Israeli raid in Nablus last month.

It has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in the northern West Bank in recent weeks.

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

The IDF was on high alert across the West Bank amid the uptick in attacks, and ahead of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

During Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur, and the first and last days of Sukkot, Israel will close crossings to the West Bank and Gaza Strip for Palestinians.

Such closures are standard practice during festivals and holidays. The military says they are a preventative measure against attacks in periods of increased tension.

Meanwhile, Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai said Thursday there was an identifiable rise in the number of alerts on plans to carry out terror attacks and that the force was countering the threat “with large deployments” of officers.

He said that from Saturday night until October 18, police would be at their highest level of readiness.

In recent months Israeli troops have also repeatedly come under gunfire during nightly raids in Palestinian cities in the West Bank.

The military launched the arrest operations after a series of deadly attacks that killed 19 people between mid-March and the beginning of May.

Many of the IDF’s arrests in recent months have concentrated on Nablus and Jenin, in the northern West Bank, where a number of the terrorists who committed the attacks earlier this year hailed from.

Israeli security officials have warned in recent months that the Palestinian Authority is losing control of the northern West Bank.

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25.09.2022

A Palestinian gunman was killed in a clash with Israeli troops near Nablus early Sunday morning, the military said, as troops were put on high alert ahead of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

The Israel Defense Forces said troops identified a group of armed Palestinians driving near Nablus on a motorbike and by car.

“IDF troops opened fire at the armed men. Hits were identified,” the IDF said.

The group of armed men were thought to have been heading to commit a shooting attack in the area.

An armed Palestinian group calling itself “Lion’s Den,” announced that a member, Saeed Kuni, was killed in the clash. His body was reportedly being held by the IDF.

Several other members were hurt in the clash, according to Palestinian media reports. Images posted to social media showed a burnt motorbike and a car damaged by gunfire.

تقارير عبرية: الجيش الإسرائيلي يقـ،تل فلسطيني ويصيب آخرين في #نابلس #عاجل https://t.co/8YKMfFl9i9........

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