Three Palestinians killed in West Bank clashes with Israeli army

AFP , Monday 15 Jan 2024

Three Palestinians were killed on Monday in the occupied West Bank in two separate clashes with the Israeli army, the Palestinian health ministry said.

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File Photo: Israeli soldiers patrol near the West Bank city of Tulkarm. AFP


Two Palestinians in their 20s were killed in an Israeli army operation in Dura, in the southern West Bank, witnesses told an AFP journalist.

They described seeing young Palestinians throwing stones and hearing gunshots.

"All of a sudden, soldiers arrived in our town and started shooting at people without any warning," Mohammed Rabaei, head of Dura Hospital, told AFP.

Nine people were wounded in the violence, including four left in critical condition, according to the health ministry.

In the north, in Tulkarm province, another Palestinian was killed, according to the health ministry.

Since the start of the Israeli war in Gaza on October 7, the West Bank has experienced a level of violence not seen since the Second Intifada, between 2000 and 2005.

Israeli army raids and attacks by settlers have killed around 340 people in the West Bank since then, according to an AFP tally based on sources from both sides.

Separately, Israel arrested students at a university in the occupied West Bank in an early morning raid on Monday because of their alleged support for Hamas, sources on both sides said.

The students attended An-Najah National University in Nablus, which called for their immediate release and labeled the army raid a "blatant Israeli aggression".

The university and the Palestinian Prisoners' Club, a campaign group, said 25 students had been arrested in the raid.

The Israeli army said only that security forces had arrested "nine wanted persons associated with a Hamas student cell".

A Palestinian security source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the arrests came after the students held prayers for Hamas and praised the group on social media.

The Palestinian security source said it was clear "the occupation (Israel) is launching a campaign against everything related to supporting the resistance in Gaza".

More than 520 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2023, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Israel has occupied the West Bank, home to about three million Palestinians, since the Six-Day War of 1967.

Excluding annexed east Jerusalem, the territory is now home to around 490,000 Israelis who live in settlements considered illegal under international law.

* This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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