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Nablus

(nă`bləs, nä`–), Heb. Shechem, city (2003 est. pop. 127,000), the West BankWest Bank,
territory, formerly part of Palestine, after 1949 administered by Jordan, since 1967 largely occupied by Israel (2005 est. pop. 2,386,000), 2,165 sq mi (5,607 sq km), west of the Jordan River, incorporating the northwest quadrant of the Dead Sea.
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. It is the market center for a region where wheat and olives are grown and sheep and goats are grazed. Manufactures include soap made from olive oil and colorful shepherds' coats. The city is linked by highway with Jerusalem.

Nablus, an ancient Canaanite town, has remains dating from c.2000 B.C., about the time when the city was held by Egypt. The Samaritans (see under SamariaSamaria
, city, ancient Palestine, on a hill NW of modern-day Nablus (Shechem). The site is now occupied by a village, Sabastiyah (West Bank). Samaria (named for Shemer, who owned the land) was built by King Omri as the capital of the northern kingdom of Israel in the early 9th
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) made it their capital and built a temple on nearby GerizimGerizim
, Arabic Jabal at Tur, mountain, 2,890 ft (881 m) high, in the Samaritan Hills, in the West Bank. Nablus, near the ancient Shechem, lies in the valley between Gerizim and Mt. Ebal.
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 to rival that of Jerusalem. Nablus still has a small community of Samaritans. The city was destroyed (129 B.C.) by John Hyrcanus I. Under Hadrian it was rebuilt and named Flavia Neapolis, from which the present name derives. Nearby are the reputed sites of the tomb of Joseph and the well of Jacob.

Nablus has long been a center of Arab nationalism, and the city's Palestinian refugee camps exacerbated tensions between residents and Israeli troops after the city came under Israeli occupation following the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. During the IntifadaIntifada
[Arab.,=uprising, shaking off], the Palestinian uprising during the late 1980s and early 90s in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, areas that had been occupied by Israel since 1967. A vehicular accident that killed four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in Dec.
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, it was the scene of ongoing violent clashes between Arabs and Jews. Israeli forces left the city in 1995 as part of the agreement establishing Palestinian self-rule in the West Bank. In the renewed violence that began in 2000 the city was again the scene of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis and between Palestinian groups as well.

Nablus

 

(Nabulus), a city in western Jordan. Population, 44,200 (1967). The city is a highway junction. It has a soap factory and a factory producing olive oil. In 1967, Nablus was occupied by Israeli troops.

Nablus

a town in the West Bank: near the site of ancient Shechem. Pop.: 136 000 (2005 est.)
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The Israeli military claimed the eight buses had partaken in transporting youth protesters to Israeli checkpoints outside Nablus to participate in clashes with Israeli troops.
He added that a group of extremist settler raided what they claim to be "Joseph Tomb"east of Nablus, under the protection of Israeli forces, and started to repair the tomb, which was burned by Palestinian youths several weeks ago.
Heavily-armed Israeli forces and intelligence officers raided early Saturday several neighborhoods across Nablus, including ad-Daheya neighborhood, South of the city.
Sources in Nablus told Gulf News that Noor suffered serious injuries in the incident and also claimed that the bus driver intentionally sped up before hitting the three men.
The ECU is formally established and properly embedded in the administration of Nablus municipality.
Security Sources added that the Israeli army forces raided Rafidya area, in Nablus, and arrested Omar al-Hanbali, 42, after raiding and searching his home.
Moreover, and near the Shavei Shomron settlement on the territory of West Nablus, settlers ambushed vehicles used by Palestinians and threw stones and smashed several windows.
In 2009 only 7,170 hotel guests were counted in the whole Nablus governorate as compared to 451,840 in the West Bank as a whole, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
Meanwhile, Al-Haq human rights association in the West Bank reports four other Palestinians were wounded in a separate incident near Nablus by Israeli settlers.
Arriving from Ramallah (on the fastest taxi/service ride I have ever experienced) the first thing you see on arriving in Nablus is its most famous checkpoint: Huwara.
Abbas has recently reinforced the police contingent in Nablus as part of his law-and-order campaign, meant, in part, to dispel Israeli fears about his ability to rein in militants under any future peace deal.
ISRAELI forces re-entered the West Bank town of Nablus yesterday, exchanging gunfire with Palestinian militants,and clamping a curfew on the heavily populated ancient quarter.