Israel escalates daily raids in occupied West Bank | Israel-Palestine conflict updates


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The Israeli army has been conducting raids in the occupied West Bank, leading to the deaths of at least four Palestinians, including three teenagers, in the last 24 hours. Additionally, 60 people were arrested during this time. The raids are taking place across the territory, intensifying the situation in the region.

Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford reported from Ramallah, stating that the four Palestinians killed included a 16-year-old in Jenin, two brothers in Tubas, and one in Balata in Nablus. There were also reports of an improvised explosive device going off in Tulkarem while a convoy of armoured vehicles drove by. The city of Tulkarem was also the site of a raid on a refugee camp, described as a center for Palestinian armed resistance.

Furthermore, Palestinian workers from Gaza were detained following an Israeli raid in the town of Faroun, near Tulkarem. Israeli forces also conducted raids in other areas, including refugee camps, villages, and towns in various governorates.

The number of Palestinians killed in Israeli raids on the West Bank has risen to 266, with over 3,640 people arrested since October 7. This surge in violence and arrests is occurring alongside Israel’s war on the Gaza Strip, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 16,248 Palestinians, including 7,112 children. While Israel claims to be targeting Hamas in Gaza, the majority of casualties are civilians. The violence in the West Bank is escalating despite Hamas having no presence in that section of the occupied territories.

In addition to the Israeli raids, attacks by Israeli settlers are also on the rise in the West Bank. The United Nations reported that these attacks have doubled since October 7, with at least 308 attacks recorded and at least eight Palestinians killed in these settler attacks. The United States has announced a move to impose visa restrictions on “extremist” Israeli settlers involved in undermining peace, security, or stability in the occupied West Bank. However, rights groups, Palestinians, and some in the international community are accusing Israel of not doing enough to stop settler violence. The situation in the West Bank remains tense and dangerous for millions of Palestinians living in the occupied territories.

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