Armed upstart Lion’s Den challenges IDF bid to crack down on Nablus terror

Israel over the past week has imposed harsh sanctions on the northern West Bank city of Nablus in an attempt to curb a wave of shootings by an armed faction of young Palestinian men. While this strategy has proved somewhat effective, the gunmen have vowed to continue their brazen attacks.

The armed faction, which calls itself “Lion’s Den,” has claimed responsibility for the majority of shooting attacks in the Nablus area since it was formed in August by members of various terror groups, including people previously affiliated with the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, among others.

One Israeli soldier was killed in an attack by the group and a second person was lightly injured in a separate assault on civilian vehicles. The other attacks have been ineffectual, but videos of the shootings uploaded to social media have helped it win it massive popularity on the Palestinian street in a short time.

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