Two Palestinian teens killed in West Bank clashes, death toll at 83 since start of Israel war on Gaza

AP , AFP , Friday 20 Oct 2023

Two Palestinian teenagers were killed Friday in the West Bank, Palestinian health officials said, raising the death toll in the territory to 83 since the start of the latest Israel war on Gaza.

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Paramedics evacuate an injured protester during clashes with the Israeli border police following a demonstration in solidarity with the Gaza Strip, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Friday, Oct. 20, 2023. AP

 

One, identified as 15-year-old Suhaib al-Sous, died after clashes with Israeli forces near Ramallah. The other, 17-year-old Oday Mansour, was killed in clashes at a military checkpoint near Hawara, a flashpoint town in the northern West Bank.

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.

The West Bank has seethed with tension since the start of the war, with Israel raiding towns across the territory and clashes erupting between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in major cities.

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

 

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