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VIDEO: Palestinian political rivalries play out in West Bank camp

Ongoing political violence continues to tear Balata refugee camp apart, amid increased tensions between supporters of Palestinian politicians Mohammed Dahlan and Mahmoud Abbas. The camp, which is located in Nablus City, is the largest in the West Bank and home to over 30,000 inhabitants. Balata was established in 1950 by …

Palestinian officer killed, 2 gunmen injured during armed clashes in Balata

NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian policeman was killed Sunday night during armed clashes that erupted in Balata refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus, after Palestinian forces raided the camp to detain “wanted fugitives,” Palestinian security forces said. The clashes left another policeman and at least …

ICHR releases a fact finding report on the Nablus events of August 2016

Ramallah – On 7 March 2017, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) released a fact finding report on the events, which took place in the city of Nablus in August 2016. The report addresses the killing of five Palestinian citizens, including military personnel and civilians, in three separate, but …

Nablus police pursue man from Balata refugee camp in failed ambush operation

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian security forces conducted a failed ambush operation to detain a “fugitive” in the northern occupied West Bank district of Nablus on Tuesday. Anonymous security sources said the man they were seeking was from the Balata refugee camp east of Nablus city, saying that police attempted to …

PA forces arrest 2 ‘top fugitives’ in Jericho

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces arrested two men described as “top fugitives” in Jericho on Sunday evening.An official PA security source confirmed to Ma’an that two residents of the Nablus-area refugee camp of Balata — identified as Muhammad al-Masmi, also known as al-Nus, and Mahmoud Abu Siris, …

Woman killed during clashes between Palestinian forces, gunmen in Nablus

NABLUS (Ma’an) — A Palestinian woman was killed and three Palestinian security officers were injured during armed clashes with suspected Palestinian gunmen in the northern occupied West Bank city of Nablus early Wednesday.Nablus district Governor Akram al-Rujoub told Ma’an that armed men attacked members of Palestinian security forces in the …

UN envoy warns West Bank camp could ‘explode’

Analysts say Abbas sees the camp as a base for support for his political rival Mohammed Dahlan. (AFP) The UN’s top official on the Israeli-Palestinian peace process said Monday he was concerned the West Bank’s largest refugee camp could “explode” if intra-Palestinian clashes worsen, during a rare visit to the …

Refugee camp clashes increase as Palestinian security steps up raids

Fatah gunmen come out in support of Mahmoud Abbas in the Balata refugee camp in Nablus, West Bank, in this undated photo. (photo [email protected]) Tension between the West Bank refugee camps and the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) security services has been escalating since Oct. 21, particularly in the Balata, Jenin and al-Amari …