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Israeli Military Violence Leaves Six Palestinians Dead in West Bank and Gaza Strip

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Israeli Military Violence Leaves Six Palestinians Dead

According to Palestinian health sector officials, at least six Palestinians were killed in separate incidents of Israeli military violence in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. The death toll initially stood at four but was later revised to six by the Health Ministry.

Violence in the West Bank and Gaza

The officials reported that an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank resulted in four deaths and around 30 injuries. Another Palestinian was killed in a raid on a separate refugee camp. Additionally, a sixth Palestinian was killed during the unrest in the Gaza Strip.

Deadly Israeli violence against Palestinians has been on the rise in the past year and a half, reaching levels not seen in the West Bank in nearly two decades. Israel has intensified its raids on Palestinian areas, and tensions also appear to be extending to Gaza.

Israeli Raids and Focal Points

The Israeli army has not yet commented on the raid on the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp near Jericho, which has become a focal point of Israeli raids. The Palestinian Ministry of Health confirmed the killing of a 19-year-old man, Dargham Al-Akhras, during the raid.

In recent months, the Israeli army has frequently launched deadly raids in the occupied territories. In July, Israel conducted its most violent operations in the West Bank in almost two decades, causing widespread destruction in the camp.

Exchange of Fire and Protests

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The Israeli army stated that during the operation in Jenin, they carried out a rare attack using a suicide drone and exchanged fire with gunmen. As they were leaving the camp, an explosive device detonated under a military truck, damaging the vehicle but causing no injuries to soldiers. Videos on social media showed medics attending to the wounded and explosions and gunfire in the camp.

After the Israeli army withdrew from the Jenin camp, residents and armed men took to the streets to protest against the Palestinian Authority and its perceived failure to protect them.

Ongoing Violence and Blockade

According to an Associated Press tally, approximately 190 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank since the beginning of the year. While Israel claims that most of the dead were armed fighters, there have also been casualties among young men who protested the incursions and those who did not participate in confrontations.

In Gaza, health officials reported that a 25-year-old Palestinian was killed by the Israeli army along the troubled border during violent protests by young men near the separation fence.

The recent unrest has escalated tensions and led Israel to prevent the entry of thousands of Palestinian workers from Gaza, which has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since 2007. Israel justifies the blockade as necessary to prevent Hamas from arming itself.

Hamas, on the other hand, claims that the youth organized the protests in response to Israeli provocations.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israel occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War in 1967. The Palestinians aspire to establish their desired independent state by obtaining these lands.

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