7 Palestinians killed in West Bank as toll mounts

AFP , Thursday 19 Oct 2023

Israeli occupation forces killed seven Palestinians Thursday in multiple incidents across the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said, as the death toll mounts in the territory while war rages in Gaza.

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Smoke rises from Nur Shams refugee camp during an Israeli military raid West Bank on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. AP

 

At least 73 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces or settlers since the Gaza conflict erupted on October 7, according to the ministry.

The latest fatalities were four people killed during an "attack by the occupation (Israel)" on Nur Shams refugee camp in the northern West Bank, the ministry said.

Health officials earlier Thursday announced another Palestinian, a 16-year-old boy, was killed by Israeli forces in the camp.

The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the Nur Shams fatalities when contacted by AFP.

In separate incidents, the Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces shot dead a 17-year-old in Dheisheh refugee camp, near Bethlehem, and a 32-year-old in Budrus to the west of Ramallah.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and its forces regularly carry out incursions into Palestinian communities.

The military has mounted a widespread arrest campaign since October 7, detaining hundreds of people including members of the militant group Hamas.

Since the outbreak of the Gaza war, Palestinians across the West Bank have held rallies in solidarity with residents in the coastal territory.

Israel has imposed a siege and bombed Gaza relentlessly since Hamas militants attacked border communities by land, air and sea.

At least 3,500 Gazans and 1,400 people in Israel have been killed in the war -- mostly civilians -- according to officials on both sides.

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