Israel strikes kill seven in West Bank

AFP , Wednesday 17 Jan 2024

Israeli strikes killed seven people near two refugee camps in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, emergency services said.

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Israeli forces enter the Tulkarm refugee camp in the occupied West Bank during a raid on January 17, 2024. AFP


The Palestinian Red Crescent said an Israeli strike killed four people inside Tulkarem camp early in the morning.

"Palestine Red Crescent teams transport four martyrs from inside Tulkarem camp due to the occupation's bombardment," the group said in a statement.

An official at the camp confirmed the strike and the death toll.

"The camp is besieged by aircraft and heavy numbers of the Israeli army, and tanks," Faisal Salama told AFP.

At midday (1000 GMT), loud explosions were heard in the camp as thick smoke billowed into the sky amid sporadic gunfire, an AFP correspondent reported.

In a separate strike near Balata refugee camp, east of the city of Nablus, Palestinian official news agency Wafa reported that three men were killed.

Camp resident Sajed Hazeem said he was woken at dawn by a loud explosion.

Minutes after the blast an ambulance arrived at the scene but its access to the car was blocked by Israeli troops who arrived at the same time, Hazeem said.

"The army pulled out the bodies and after about half an hour it withdrew," Hazeen told AFP.

The Palestinian health ministry said the body of an "unidentified martyr killed by the occupation (Israel) in a bombing of a vehicle" had been received by a hospital in Nablus.

An AFP correspondent saw a pile of debris and the mangled remains of a car that was hit.

Israeli army raids and attacks by settlers have killed at least 353 people in the West Bank , according to an AFP tally .

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