Israeli army kills 10 Palestinians in the West Bank in two days of raids

AFP , Saturday 20 Apr 2024

The Israeli army said Saturday troops had killed 10 Palestinians in an ongoing raid around Nur Shams, a refugee camp in the north of the occupied West Bank, asserting that the operation in the civilian-packed camp was directed at Palestinian militants.

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Israeli soldiers block the road in front of ambulances during a raid in the Nur Shams camp for Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank on April 20, 2024. AFP


AFP journalists heard gunshots and saw houses hit by blasts as Israeli drones flew overhead and armoured vehicles moved through the camp.

The army said that over more than 40 hours it had "eliminated 10 terrorists" and made eight arrests around Nur Shams. It said eight soldiers and a police officer were wounded.

The Palestinian health ministry said it had confirmed 11 wounded in the Israeli raid, seven of them "wounded by live gunshots". It said a paramedic shot while trying to get to the wounded was among them.

The health ministry said medics had been alerted to "a number of killed and injured" inside the camp, but said the army was "denying them access to tend to the wounded".

An AFP journalist said paramedics had tried to enter the camp but had been refused access by the army.

Earlier today, the Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said its crews managed to evacuate seven casualties from the camp to a nearby hospital, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported, also noting that Israeli forces prevented ambulance crews from helping injured people in the camp.

On Saturday and Friday, Israeli forces detained 30 people in multiple raids across the West Bank, among them three women from Jerusalem who were later released, Wafa reported citing the Prisoners’ Affairs Commission and the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society.

They added that half of the detainees are residents of the Nur Shams refugee camp.

The Israeli army frequently carries out raids across Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank, with troops breaking into Palestinian civilians' homes almost daily under the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians, triggering clashes with residents, according to Wafa.

On Friday the health ministry said 16-year-old Qais Fathi Nasrallah was killed by Israeli troops in the nearby Tulkarem refugee camp.

The Palestinian news agency said he died after being "shot in the head by Israeli live gunfire".

Wafa added that a 30-year-old man, Salim Faisal Ghanem, was "killed by Israeli troops" on Friday in the Nur Shams camp.

Residents contacted by AFP on Saturday said there was no electricity in the camp and food was running short, saying nobody was allowed to enter or leave.

Minister Muayad Shaaban, head of the Palestinian Colonisation and Wall Resistance Commission, said residents were suffering from the "destruction of homes, shops, the electricity grid, the sewerage, the water network and infrastructure."

Around 480 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli troops or settlers in the West Bank since Israel's war on Gaza began, according to Palestinian official sources.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online

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