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Violence in West Bank may lead to new confrontation with Gaza

Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad have claimed responsibility for two shooting attacks in less than a month in the West Bank and Jerusalem.
Fighters with the Saraya al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, in the streets of Gaza City during a rally on May 29, 2021.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — The Israeli army announced Dec. 19 the arrest of four Palestinians from Silat al-Harithiya in the Jenin governorate after they carried out a shooting attack near the city of Nablus on Dec. 16, killing a settler and wounding others.

The Nablus operation is a pivotal point that may mark a return to organized operations. While the factions had over the past years failed to claim responsibility for any operations, Al-Quds Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), claimed responsibility for the operation amid the emergence of individual operations.

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