The Israeli military’s recent raids in the occupied West Bank have led to the deaths of at least five Palestinians, indicating a continuation of deadly operations in the region. Alongside heavy airstrikes and artillery shelling in Khan Younis, there has been ongoing fighting in and around the Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza.
Four Palestinians were killed in Azzun, while another was shot dead in Qalqilya after allegedly opening fire during a raid, as reported by the Israeli military on Tuesday. The Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) also claimed that four alleged Palestinian militants were killed during a raid in the occupied West Bank town of Azzun. The IDF stated that these militants were killed during an exchange of fire, which resulted in one Israeli soldier being injured.
Since the Hamas offensive on October 7, Israeli forces have intensified their lethal operations in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. These operations have led to over 320 Palestinian deaths from military actions and settler attacks. Additionally, nearly 5,000 people have been arrested in the territory since the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza began. As the war continues, approximately 85% of Gaza’s population has been displaced due to Israeli military action.
The Israeli military has asserted that approximately 8,000 fighters in the Gaza Strip have been killed during their campaign. However, the United Nations has reported that over 22,000 Palestinians have lost their lives in Israeli attacks. In a recent report, the UN urged Israel to halt “unlawful killings” and settler violence in the occupied West Bank. The UN Human Rights Office has expressed alarm over the increasing number of air raids and military incursions into densely populated refugee camps, which have resulted in casualties and significant damage to civilian infrastructure in the occupied territory.
Qatar and Egypt are actively working to negotiate a new ceasefire and secure the release of hostages as the conflict persists. Israeli officials have stated that the offensive will continue for several months, suggesting a long and challenging path towards peace.