Israeli forces kill at least eight Palestinians in escalating violence in West Bank, health officials say

tel aviv – Israeli forces operating in the occupied West Bank have killed at least eight Palestinians in 24 hours, Palestinian health officials announced Sunday. Fragile pause during combat The battle between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip has entered its third day.

Violence in West Bank soars It has been weeks since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, sparking a devastating war in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces have killed dozens of Palestinians and arrested hundreds in the West Bank. Jewish settlers in the West Bank have also stepped up attacks.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said five Palestinians have been killed in the militant stronghold of Jenin since Saturday morning, and three others in other parts of the West Bank. The ministry said one of those killed in Al-Bireh, in the central West Bank, was a teenage boy.

The Israeli military says it killed five Palestinians in a gunfight during an operation in the Jenin refugee camp where they were arresting Palestinians suspected of killing an Israeli father and son at a West Bank car wash earlier this year. did. The military said those killed were extremists, but no organization immediately claimed they were members. The military said it was supported by air power, which attacked and injured Palestinians, without giving details.

The military said it was investigating reports of other incidents.

In the refugee camp, debris littered the streets of a densely populated area and a large hole was left in the wall of one house.

Palestinian state news agency Wafa said Israeli snipers were positioned on rooftops and military bulldozers were damaging roads and infrastructure. The report could not be immediately independently verified, but the Israeli military said it was using “engineering equipment” to discover explosives buried under roads.

For the purpose of tracking extremists, Israel cracks down on the West Bank Immediately after the Hamas attack, crossings and checkpoints between Palestinian towns were closed.

The escalation in violence in the region follows more than a year of escalating attacks and arrests in the West Bank and a series of deadly attacks by Palestinians on Israelis. Prior to the Hamas attack, 2023 had been the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in more than two decades.

Israel and Hamas temporarily halted shelling It would allow further aid to the invasion of Gaza and allow the release of hostages in exchange for Palestinian prisoners held by Israel. More than 13,300 Palestinians were reportedly killed in Israeli attacks. Ministry of Public Health The Hamas-run Gaza government does not distinguish between civilians and fighters.Huge Parts of the Gaza Strip have been flattened And approximately 1.7 million Palestinians have been forced to flee their homes.

In last month’s surprise attack, Hamas and other Gazan militants killed about 1,200 people in Israel and took about 240 hostages. Dozens of soldiers have been killed since Israel launched a ground invasion of Gaza shortly after the attack.

Israel occupied the West Bank, along with the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem, in the 1967 Middle East War. Palestinians want these territories as part of their long-awaited independent state.


Goldenberg reported from Tel Aviv, Israel. Associated Press writer Sammy Magdy contributed to this report from Cairo.

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