JENIN, WEST BANK (AP) – The Israeli army raided a home in a refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday, triggering a battle that killed at least six Palestinians and wounded more than two dozen others, Palestinian health officials said.
Videos showed black smoke billowing in the distance after the army fired missiles at the besieged building.
Tuesday’s raid was the latest in a string of deadly arrest operations by the Israeli military in the northern West Bank, as violence surges to its highest levels in years.
The raid raised fears of further bloodshed as Israel struggles to contain growing unrest led by young Palestinians in the occupied West Bank who are increasingly taking up arms against Israel’s open-ended occupation, now in its 56th year.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said six people were shot and killed on Tuesday, men aged ranging from 22 to 49, and 26 others were wounded.
The spokesman of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, denounced the Israeli military for waging “an all-out war” against the Palestinians and for derailing recent efforts to restore calm.
More than 60 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire this year, about half of them militants, according to a tally by The Associated Press.
It was the latest show of force by ultranationalist settlers in the occupied West Bank.