Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank raid

Israeli forces kill 3 Palestinians in West Bank raid

Israeli forces killed three Palestinians on Thursday in the flashpoint city of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

“Three killed by bullets from the Israeli occupation during its aggression in Jenin at dawn today,” the Palestinian ministry reported.

The Israeli military launched raids across the West Bank, in response to deadly attacks against Israelis earlier this year. When contacted for comment on their most recent operation in Jenin, they did not react right away.

The Islamic Jihad militant group said Thursday their fighters were engaged in “fierce clashes” with Israeli forces in Jenin.

A surge in violence this year has seen at least 150 Palestinians and 26 Israelis killed across the West Bank, Israel and the contested city of Jerusalem.

The toll includes more than 40 Palestinians killed in the Jenin area during Israeli forces operations. This also includes militants, children as young as 12, and veteran Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

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Israel has occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem since the 1967 Six-Day War. It is a landlocked territory near the coast of the Mediterranean in Western Asia that forms the main bulk of the Palestinian territories.  The territory situated on the western side of the Jordan River was occupied in 1948. It was subsequently annexed in 1950 by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. This annexation was widely considered to be illegal, and was recognized only by Iraq, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom.

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