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Red Crescent: Five dead in strike on West Bank camp

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The Palestinian Red Crescent said overnight that five people were killed and two hurt in a strike on a building in the West Bank’s Balata refugee camp.

The camp’s administration said an aerial strike targeted the local headquarters of the Palestinian group Fatah in the camp in Nablus. The Israeli military said it was checking on the reports.

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Witnesses told AFP the strike appeared to have come from a drone, though there was no immediate confirmation.

Some 24,000 people live in the Balata refugee camp, in the northern West Bank, and several Palestinian armed groups operate inside.

The strike comes a day after Israel’s army said it had killed at least seven militants in two separate confrontations in the West Bank.

Five were killed in the Jenin refugee camp, the military said, adding two “assailants” were also killed near Hebron after opening fire on soldiers.

Violence has surged in the West Bank since Israel began its military operation in Gaza in response to the October 7 Hamas attacks that killed at least 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and saw around 240 people taken hostages, according to Israeli officials.

Around 12,000 people, mostly civilians, have been killed in Gaza, according to Hamas-run authorities.

There have been growing concerns about violence in the West Bank, including attacks on Palestinians by settlers. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken this week urged Israel to act to confront “rising levels of settler extremist violence.”

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