Six Palestinians lost their lives today in an Israeli attack in the refugee camp in Tulkarm in the occupied West Bank, writes Reuters, citing the Palestinian Ministry of Health. According to the Palestinian news agency WAFA, Israel used a drone for the airstrike. The circumstances of the incident are unclear. Another Palestinian was killed by Israeli forces near the West Bank city of Qalqilya, according to WAFA.
Citing sources in the camp, the Palestinian Authority said the exact death toll was difficult to verify as Israeli soldiers occupied the hospital and tried to take away the bodies of slain Palestinians. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz, citing Palestinian sources, writes that three Palestinians were injured in the incident and that one was arrested by the Israeli army. Further details regarding the incident are unclear at this time.
Israel occupied the West Bank in the 1967 war. The Palestinians want the territory to form a major part of their future state. In the past year, Israel has increased raids in the West Bank in response to a series of Palestinian attacks inside Israel. Violence in the West Bank has become even more frequent since October 7, when the Palestinian movement Hamas from the Gaza Strip attacked southern Israel. While Hamas rules in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian Authority, led by Mahmoud Abbas, has maintained its rule in the West Bank.