Witnesses and Palestinian health officials report that nine Palestinians, including an elderly man and several terrorists, were murdered during an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank.
As troops entered the center of Nablus, explosions and gunfire could be heard, setting up armed encounters with armed assailants.
According to reports, two prominent Palestinian militants were killed inside a residence after becoming the target of intense Israeli bombardment.
Earlier, the Israeli military confirmed that some of its soldiers were present in Nablus.
According to Palestinian health sources, a 72-year-old civilian was among those slain during the gunfights outside a besieged house.