More than 100 Palestinians killed in West Bank: Health ministry

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More than 100 Palestinians have been killed across the occupied West Bank since war erupted between Israel and militant group Hamas in Gaza on October 7, the health ministry said Wednesday.

Violence had already spiraled in the West Bank before the Gaza war, with the highest death toll in the Palestinian territory since at least 2005.

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Many of the Palestinian deaths came in raids by Israeli troops, but there has also been a rise in violence between Israeli settlers and Palestinians.

Since October 7, killings have surged in the West Bank, including annexed east Jerusalem, with the Palestinian death toll reaching 101 Palestinians, according to the Ramallah-based health ministry.

People inspect the damage after an Israeli strike hit a compound beneath a mosque that the Israeli military said was being used by militants to organize attacks, in Jenin refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, October 22, 2023. (Reuters)
People inspect the damage after an Israeli strike hit a compound beneath a mosque that the Israeli military said was being used by militants to organize attacks, in Jenin refugee camp in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, October 22, 2023. (Reuters)

Over the same period, the Israeli military has reported one member of the security forces killed while taking part in a raid.

In the latest violence, three Palestinians were killed in Jenin and one in Qalqilya, both in the northern West Bank. One Palestinian was also killed in Qalandia, just north of Jerusalem.

The health ministry said they were killed by Israeli bullets and missiles.

The Israeli military said it launched a drone strike on “terrorists” in the densely populated Jenin refugee camp.

The army said that soldiers also shot at “armed terrorists” in the nearby town of Bruqin, where forces also detained two people.

The military did not immediately comment on the deaths in Qalqilya and Qalandia, when contacted by AFP.

Israel has occupied the West Bank since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and withdrew from Gaza in 2005, subsequently imposing a crippling blockade on the coastal territory.

The latest and by far the deadliest Gaza war with Israeli airstrikes killing at least 5,791 people in the territory.

Israel vowed to continue its bombardment in retaliation for the October 7 incursion by Hamas militants that left more than 1,400 Israelis dead.

According to Israeli soldiers, militants also took 222 hostages, according to Israeli authorities.

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