1. Exterior of Nablus mall
2. Various interior of mall where Israeli raid took place
3. People standing outside shop
4. Israeli army closure notice on door of office
5. Close up on hand holding notice
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) shop owner, no name given:
“What is strange is that for the first time ever military orders were issued to close down a whole mall under the accusations that this belongs to a terrorist organisation, which is not true at all, this mall belongs to a lot of individuals who own the shops and own the land, I am one of them.”
7. Broken computer and damage at office
8. Shattered glass on floor
9. Locked door of offices
10. Exterior of Scientific Medical Association
11. Various of damage and debris inside medical centre
12. Wide of entrance to Scientific Medical Association offices raided by Israeli forces
For a second straight day, Israeli troops shut down facilities of an Islamic charity in the West Bank town of Nablus on Tuesday.
The Israeli military accused the Islamic Charity Movement of being a front for the militant Hamas movement.
It had no immediate details on which facilities were closed on Tuesday.
There was no immediate comment from the charity.
AP Television footage showed a mall in Nablus which the shop owners said was raided by Israeli forces.
The footage showed a closure notice on the door of one office and smashed office equipment and debris inside the offices and shops.
A shop owner at Nablus mall told AP Television that this was the first time they received a closure order from Israeli military forces to close down an entire mall.
“What is strange is that for the first time ever military orders were issued to close down a whole mall under the accusations that this belongs to a terrorist organisation, which is not true at all, this mall belongs to a lot of individuals who own the shops and own the land, I am one of them,” he said.
Israel has intensified its crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank, going after charities, moneychangers, media and schools with suspected ties to militants.
Hamas violently wrested control of the Gaza Strip a year ago, and Israel doesn’t want it to take over the West Bank.
Three weeks ago, Israel and Palestinian militants in Hamas-ruled Gaza agreed to a ceasefire.
Although the ceasefire is limited to Gaza, a deadly Israeli attack on Islamic Jihad cadres in the West Bank has already provoked Gaza militants to violate the agreement.
On Monday troops also raided Nablus offices of the Palestinian Authority’s ministry of religious affairs.
Israel is trying to negotiate a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority, and it was not clear why the ministry was targeted.
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