Israeli forces shoot 2 children near West Bank separation wall

The latest incident adds to a growing toll of violence in the West Bank since October 7. During this period, Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 512 Palestinians and injured nearly 5,000, underscoring the escalating tensions and frequent clashes in the region.

Israeli forces shot two children near the separation wall in the town of Jayyous, located close to Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank, according to reports from the Wafa news agency.

The incident occurred this morning as the children approached the controversial barrier. One of the children was struck in the foot, while the other sustained shrapnel wounds to his foot and hand. Both victims were immediately taken to a hospital for treatment, as confirmed by the Palestine Red Crescent Society.

The latest incident adds to a growing toll of violence in the West Bank since October 7. During this period, Israeli forces and settlers have killed at least 512 Palestinians and injured nearly 5,000, underscoring the escalating tensions and frequent clashes in the region.

The separation wall, which Israel describes as a security measure, has been a flashpoint for violence and protests. Palestinians argue that the barrier, which cuts through the West Bank, represents a land grab and significantly impedes their freedom of movement and access to resources.

Local and international human rights organizations have repeatedly condemned the use of live ammunition against minors and unarmed civilians. The ongoing violence and humanitarian crisis in the occupied territories have drawn widespread international concern and calls for renewed efforts to achieve a peaceful resolution to the conflict.

As the situation continues to deteriorate, the international community watches closely, urging both sides to exercise restraint and seek dialogue over confrontation.

Intense street battles continue in Gaza’s southern Rafah and Jabalia in the north as Israeli troops advance into both areas packed with terrified civilians. The Israeli military reports that its Nahal Brigade has joined a division of troops surrounding Rafah, with plans to launch further attacks into the city.

The UN has highlighted the dire situation, stating that displaced families are “living among the rubble” after more than 800,000 Palestinians fled Rafah amid the ongoing Israeli assaults.

In a significant diplomatic development, Spain, Ireland, and Norway have announced their recognition of the State of Palestine, prompting outrage from Israeli officials who vow to continue their attacks on Gaza and expand illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

Since October 7, at least 35,709 people have been killed and 79,990 wounded in Israeli attacks on Gaza. The revised death toll from Hamas’s October 7 attack on Israel stands at 1,139, with dozens still held captive.