Israeli forces kill 10 Palestinians across occupied West Bank

Two 'senior Islamic Jihad operatives' killed in Jenin drone attack, Shin Bet says

Mourners carry the body of one of three men killed in an Israeli strike that hit a car in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. AFP
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Israeli forces have killed 10 Palestinians across the occupied West Bank in the past 24 hours, according to official Palestinian media and the Israeli army.

They included three people killed in a drone strike on the outskirts of the densely populated Jenin refugee camp on Wednesday night, Wafa news agency reported.

The camp has been frequently targeted in Israeli strikes and raids over the past year.

Abed Zaytoun, a 63-year-old man from Hebron, was also shot and killed by the Israeli army south of Bethlehem on Thursday morning, Wafa reported.

Palestinian medics were not allowed to approach or take his body to the hospital, the agency added, saying he was taken from the scene in an Israeli ambulance.

The Israeli army and internal security agency Shin Bet said an “aircraft”, believed to a drone, struck two “senior Islamic Jihad operatives inside a vehicle” in the Jenin attack.

Israel has used drones and jets to strike suspected targets in the occupied West Bank, but drones are more commonly used because they can track targets for long periods.

Four people, including an 18-year-old, were also killed in a continuing Israeli raid on Tulkarm's Nur Shams refugee camp, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.

On Thursday afternoon, the Israeli military said it had shot and killed a Palestinian who “aroused suspicion” at the Elazar Junction in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry did not immediately confirm the death.

It came hours after a 19-year-old was shot and killed by the Israeli army in Al Bireh, near Ramallah.

Israel has increased drone strikes in the occupied West Bank since the war in Gaza began in October. Jenin has been a recent target of strikes and raids, with violence escalating sharply even before the current war.

Israeli forces also raided Qalqilya and two other villages in Jenin in the early hours of Thursday, Wafa reported.

Two Palestinians aged 16 and 18 were arrested in Husan, west of Bethlehem.

Last week, Israeli security forces shot dead a Palestinian teenager after a stabbing attack in the West Bank amid rising tension during Ramadan.

After rising deaths throughout last year, violence in the West Bank spiked sharply after the war in Gaza broke out.

At least 430 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers there since early October and thousands more have been arrested, the Palestinian Authority said,

Updated: March 21, 2024, 1:24 PM