Jerusalem, Oct 25 (EFE).- Five Palestinians were killed early Tuesday during raids by Israeli military in the occupied West Bank, said Palestinian officials.
The Palestinian health ministry said four Palestinians died in clashes with Israeli forces when security forces conducted a raid in Nablus city in the occupied West Bank.
A young man died during another Israeli raid in a town near Ramallah.
Clashes broke out in Nablus when Israeli troops entered and destroyed a building.
The Israeli military did not immediately confirm the toll. But a spokesperson said the building in Nablus was used as a bomb factory by the so-called “Areen Al-Ossoud” — “The Lions’ Den.”
The “Areen Al-Ossoud” is a new militant group that claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on an Israeli soldier two weeks ago in the occupied territory.
“Israeli security forces raided a hideout apartment in the Kasbah of Nablus used as a headquarters and explosives manufacturing site by the main operatives of the ‘Lion’s Den’ terrorist group. The forces detonated the explosive manufacturing site,” the Israeli defense forces said in a statement.
Since the beginning of the year, 131 Palestinians have been killed in violence in the occupied West Bank alone.
It is the highest death toll in the West Bank in nearly seven years, according to the UN, after the so-called “Knife Intifada” broke out in 2015.
Violence has escalated in recent months in the West Bank that Israel has occupied since 1967.
The Israeli military has stepped up operations in Nablus and Jenin since March after some deadly anti-Israeli attacks by Palestinian militant groups.
Some 22 Palestinians and two Israeli soldiers have been killed this month alone. EFE