Jerusalem, Dec 12 (EFE).- A 16-year-old Palestinian girl was killed during a raid by the Israeli military in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian health ministry said Monday, amid one of the deadliest waves of violence in the region in years.
Jana Majdi Zakarneh died of a gunshot wound to the head in the northern city of Jenin late Sunday night, according to the health ministry.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) wrote on Twitter: “We are aware of reports regarding a killed Palestinian female. The incident is currently under review.”
The Israeli military said troops entered Jenin to arrest “three wanted individuals suspected of terrorist involvement.”
“Suspects hurled explosives and fired heavily at the soldiers, who responded with live fire toward the armed suspects. No IDF injuries were reported,” it added.
This year has been the deadliest for Palestinians in the West Bank since 2006.
There have been intense Israeli raids and armed clashes with Palestinians since late March when Israel launched a military operation it calls “Breaking the Wave” in response to a wave of attacks by Palestinians on Israeli soil.
Since then, violence has been on the rise, leaving at least 166 Palestinians dead, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
The victims have mostly been militants, but also include children and civilians such as Al Jazeera correspondent Shireen Abu Akleh.
A total of 29 Israelis have also died, including 21 civilians, the Israeli Defense Forces have said. EFE