Israeli occupation forces IOF exploded on Wednesday, August 16, 2023, detonating a Palestinian home in Balata refugee camp, situated to the south of Nablus.
During the nighttime, while Palestinian families were sleeping, Israeli forces carried out an unanticipated incursion into Balata camp’s market street in Nablus. They then proceeded to trigger the explosion of Abdullah Abu Shalal’s residence.
Abu Shalal’s mother stated that a large number of Israeli troops stormed their house, compelling them to evacuate prior to its demolition
Speaking in front of her demolished home, Abu Shalal pointed out that the explosion left 25 individuals, who were residing in the house, without shelter.
The explosion triggered intense confrontations in the area. Local sources also said that an exchange of fire occurred after IOF destroyed Abu Shalal’s home.
In addition, the explosion not only caused substantial harm to dozens of neighboring homes but also damaged a local commercial establishment.
Moreover, numerous vehicles parked near houses and shops were destroyed as a result of the explosion, as reported by local sources.
Meanwhile, Israeli forces prevented Palestinian Red Crescent teams from accessing the camp, leading to several citizens being injured due to the Israeli forces’ use of tear gas canisters during the clashes.
As Israeli occupation forces withdrew around 5 AM, Palestinian firefighting crews arrived at the camp to extinguish fires caused by the detonations. Crews from the electricity company also took measures to address the situation.
In a statement, the Israeli occupation army claimed that its forces targeted weapons storage facilities during the incursion into Balata camp. These storage spaces allegedly contained 15 ready-to-use explosive devices.
Coinciding with the Balata incursion, Israeli troops conducted a large-scale detention campaign, detaining 13 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.
Israeli forces continue to engage in semi-daily incursions and arrests across the West Bank, perpetuating a climate of fear and instability for Palestinian communities. These routine operations involve raids on Palestinian homes, arbitrary detentions, and the disruption of daily life.
Significantly, IOF carried out a substantial wave of arrests during the month of June, targeting a total of 380 Palestinians, including 45 children and 10 women, across the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, as documented by the Palestinian Center for Prisoners’ Studies.