Israel troops kill 3 more Palestinians in West Bank raid: Ministry

AFP , Tuesday 27 Feb 2024

Israeli troops killed three Palestinians in an overnight raid in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said Tuesday.

Relatives and friends mourn by the bodies of Ussama Jabr Zalt and Mohammed Samih Bayadseh at the Tur
Relatives and friends mourn the bodies of Ussama Jabr Zalt and Mohammed Samih Bayadseh at the Turkish Hospital morgue in Tubas on February 27, 2024, who were killed during an earlier Israeli raid on the town and the nearby Farea refugee camp in the occupied West Bank. AFP


It was the latest in a surge of violence in the restive Palestinian territory since the outbreak of the Israeli war on Gaza on 7 October.

The Palestinian health ministry in Ramallah said the three men were killed "by Israeli occupation bullets" during clashes in the Faraa refugee camp near the town of Tubas in the northern West Bank.

Video footage posted on social media showed Israeli military vehicles entering Faraa under the cover of darkness.

"Dozens of young men and armed men from the camp confronted the forces before they called for more reinforcements, including bulldozers that dug the camp's streets and struck the water and sewage networks," said Assem Mansour, head of the camp's popular committee.

One of the three men killed was a militant, he said, while the other two were civilians "in their homes and were killed by snipers deployed in the camp".

The Israeli military has arrested thousands of Palestinians in raids in the West Bank since 7 October.

At least 403 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops or settlers in the West Bank.

Palestinian militants have also carried out numerous attacks against Israeli troops in Israel and the West Bank, killing at least 15, according to Israeli figures.

Israel captured the West Bank -- including east Jerusalem, which it later unilaterally annexed -- in the Arab-Israeli war of 1967.

The Palestinians claim the territory along with the Gaza Strip for their future independent state.

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