Since the attack by Hamas inside Israel on October 7, which prompted an Israeli response, at least 103 Palestinians in the West Bank have lost their lives.
According to Palestinian officials, at least five individuals were killed by Israeli forces during overnight raids in the occupied West Bank. The Palestinian health ministry reported that three people were killed during an Israeli air strike on the Jenin refugee camp early on Wednesday. Additionally, two young individuals lost their lives during raids in Qalqilya and Qalandiya.
The Israeli military stated on Wednesday that a group of Palestinians at the camp had “fired and hurled explosive devices” at its forces while they were conducting “counterterrorism activities.” The army used a drone to target them, without specifying casualties.
Al Jazeera’s Charles Stratford, reporting from Ramallah, explained that Israeli forces used military-grade bulldozers during the Jenin operation, which they often use to demolish Palestinian homes in the West Bank. The main focus of the raid was the Jenin refugee camp, but there were also arrests made in the village of Burqin, just outside Jenin.
The West Bank has become another battleground in Israel’s conflict, which escalated after Hamas’s attack on southern Israel on October 7. This led to Israeli air strikes on Gaza, resulting in the deaths of 1,400 people in Israel and more than 5,700 in Gaza.
During this period, at least 103 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank, as reported by the Palestinian health ministry. This drone attack marked at least the third instance of Israeli air power being used in the West Bank.
Earlier this year, the Jenin refugee camp was the focal point of a significant Israeli military operation.