Conflicts & War

Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians during West Bank raid

Jerusalem, Mar 9 (EFE).- Three Palestinians were shot dead on Thursday during a raid by the Israeli military on a West Bank village amid unabated violence in the tense region.

The Palestinian health ministry said at least three people were killed after being shot by Israeli forces during the military operation in the village of Jaba, south of Jenin.

Police entered Jaba in the morning to arrest people suspected of attacking Israeli soldiers in the region, an Israeli police spokesperson said.

The spokesperson said the suspects fired at the cops during the raid.

The Israeli forces killed the suspects in retaliatory fire, said the spokesperson.

The police said the slain Palestinians were Islamic Jihad fighters aged 26 and 22.

The third was identified as an “agent” of the Islamist militant organization, considered a terror group by Israel.

Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces and recurring military incursions and raids on Palestinian towns have been a daily routine in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of the year.

The first two months of 2023 have been the deadliest in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict since 2000.

At least 75 Palestinians have died in connection with military operations, attacks, and clashes with Israeli troops so far this year.

On the Israeli side, Palestinians in the occupied territory have killed 14 people in various attacks.

Two days ago, the Israeli army carried out an operation in the refugee camp in Jenin that left seven Palestinians.

A minor who was seriously injured in the raid succumbed on Thursday.

It was the third deadliest Israeli incursion into Palestinian territory this year.

Two weeks ago, a military raid in Nablus left 11 Palestinians dead. At least ten more died in late January during an incursion into Jenin camp.

The incidents were the deadliest in the West Bank in two decades.

The tension in the region has escalated after the return to power of Benjamin Netanyahu, who heads a coalition government of far-right political forces.

They have called for an iron fist policy to deal with Palestinians and a deepening of Israeli colonization in the occupied territory. EFE


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