Members of the Israeli occupation police take positions during a raid at the Balata camp for Palestinian refugees, east of Nablus in the occupied West Bank on November, 2023. AFP
The Palestinian Health Ministry said that five Palestinians were killed in Jenin, during an Israeli raid overnight on the city and adjacent refugee camp, while two others were killed in separate areas of the West Bank.
Asaad Ali Damaj, 33, was killed when an Israeli drone struck a house in the camp’s Damaj neighbourhood, according to eyewitness accounts reported by WAFA.
Four more Palestinians were killed by gunfire: Mahmoud Khalid Abu al-Heja, 17; Ammar Muhammad Abu al-Wafa, 21; Ahmad Abu al-Heja, 20; and Muhammad Mahmoud Freihat, 27.
Israeli drones also struck the public service centre in the camp.
During the raid, Israeli troops stormed the city from multiple directions, firing live rounds and bulldozing several streets.
Six others, including three women, were injured in the airstrike.
Eyewitnesses also reported that Israeli troops stopped an ambulance carrying wounded from the refugee camp and arrested two patients.
Israeli forces also laid siege to the Jenin Public Hospital, the local branch of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS), and the Ibn Sina Hospital.
In response to the tragic events, national factions in the Jenin governorate declared a general strike on Sunday to mourn the dead.
A 25-year-old doctor was also killed on Saturday outside his home in Qabatiya, near Jenin.
Meanwhile, Udai Musbah Snobar, 30, was shot in the face during confrontations in the village of Yatma, south of Nablus, following an Israeli raid, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.
He was transported to a nearby hospital but succumbed to his injuries on Sunday morning.
In the city of Al-Bireh, Mohammad Riyad Saleh, 16, was shot and killed by Israeli occupation soldiers in unclear circumstances.
Two more Palestinians were injured and six others were arrested during Israeli raids in several areas of Hebron, according to Palestinian security sources.
Violence in the West Bank has surged in the weeks since the eruption of the Israeli war on Gaza. Israeli forces have killed over 230 Palestinians and arrested hundreds in the West Bank. Israeli terrorist settlers have also stepped up attacks.
The intensified violence in the territory follows more than a year of escalating raids and arrests in the West Bank. Even before the war, 2023 already was the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank in over two decades.