Israeli forces closed all roads leaving Nablus city and shut the entrances to nearby villages after two Israeli soldiers were stabbed and injured in an attack near the Burin village in southern Nablus Wednesday evening, the Palestinian military liaison office said.
The office said Israeli forces officially informed them that all roads leading out of the city would be closed, including Huwwara checkpoint, the major thoroughfare in the northern occupied West Bank. Traffic travelling northbound into Nablus remains open.
Israeli forces also closed Elon Moreh street, Yitzhar street and the Jit crossroad to traffic travelling both ways. While Awarta checkpoint was initially closed off to all traffic, PA Lieutenant Usama Abu Arab told Ma’an that the checkpoint was opened Wednesday morning. The Deir Sharaf, al-Bathan, Zaatara roads and Route 17 remained open.
Following the attack, Palestinian security sources said Israeli forces raided the villages of Burin, Madama and Iraq Burin until dawn as part of the forces’ operation overnight Wednesday.
The sources said during the raids, Israeli forces detained four Palestinians identified as Islam Nasser Asous, Nael Dahshat Qadus, Malek Fateh Qadus and Saad Hussam Faqih. Surveillance cameras in the villages were also confiscated.
The Israeli police said during the raids armed Palestinians opened fire at a police patrol in the area, though no injuries were reported.
The areas were closed down and raided after two Israeli soldiers on patrol were stabbed and lightly injured on Wednesday evening. Israeli forces said two Palestinians carried out the attack and fled the scene.