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At least six Palestinians killed by Israeli occupation forces

ISRAELI occupation forces have killed six Palestinians during attacks in the West Bank, Palestinian officials said today.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank on Tuesday had killed four people and wounded some 30 others, while a raid on a separate refugee camp killed another Palestinian.

A sixth Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during an attack on the Gaza Strip, officials said.

The deadly violence between Israel and the Palestinians over the last year and a half has surged to levels unseen in the West Bank in some two decades. Israeli forces have stepped up attacks, provoking an increase in Palestinian resistance activity. 

The Israeli military said today that troops had opened fire on a Palestinian who was throwing explosives at them while they were carrying out an overnight arrest raid in the Aqabat Jabr refugee camp. 

The soldiers killed teenager Dhargham al-Akhras during the attack, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

In July, Israel launched intense attacks in the West Bank, causing widespread destruction to the camp.

The army said on Tuesday night that its forces had carried out an attack using a drone and exchanged fire with armed men in Jenin. 

Three of those killed were claimed as members of the Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad resistance groups and were identified as Mahmoud al-Sadi, Mahmoud Ararawi and Ata Yasser Musa.

In the Gaza attack, health officials said the Israeli forces had killed a 25-year-old Palestinian on the border with Israel as youths staged angry protests at the fence enclosing the beseiged coastal enclave.

Over the past week, Israel has refused entry to thousands of Palestinian labourers from the impoverished territory.


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