Israel kills four more Palestinians in raid in occupied West Bank overnight: Officials

Ahram Online , AP , Friday 27 Oct 2023

Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in the West Bank during a wide-scale overnight arrest raid, Palestinian health officials said Friday, noting that a militant commander was among those killed.

Palestinians, some armed, carry the bodies of Aysar al-Amer, 25, a local commander in the Islamic Ji
Palestinians, some armed, carry the bodies of Aysar al-Amer, 25, a local commander in the Islamic Jihad militant group, and Jawad Turki, 19, during their funeral in the West Bank city of Jenin, Friday, Oct. 27, 2023. AP

 

Palestinian officials said three of the Palestinians were killed when a firefight with local gunmen erupted in the Jenin refugee camp.

The Israeli military said: "Forces responded with live fire when assailants hurled explosive devices and shot at troops in the camp."

Israeli forces killed a fourth Palestinian early Friday morning in the West Bank city of Qalqiliya, Palestinian health officials said.

This brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israel in the occupied West Bank since the outbreak of the Israeli war on Gaza on 7 October to 109.

Meanwhile, according to figures released by the Palestinian Prisoners' Club, Israel has detained at least 1,200 Palestinians in the West Bank since the outbreak of the war.

A quarter of those detained in the West Bank, home to three million Palestinians living under Israeli occupation since 1967, are minors and elderly individuals, as highlighted by the Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs Authority, cited by WAFA.

This surge in killing and arrests of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank comes as Israel intensified its bombardment of Gaza, now in its 21st consecutive day

The Palestinian health ministry said on Friday that Israeli airstrikes in Gaza have killed more than 7,326 and injured more than 19,000 since the start of the conflict on 7 October.

Also on Friday, Israeli occupation forces fired teargas to prevent Palestinians from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem to perform Friday prayers.

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