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Israeli Forces Kill 21-Yr-Old Palestinian During Raid in West Bank Refugee Camp

Last Updated: September 05, 2023, 14:02 IST

Tulkarem, Palestinian Territories

Palestinians inspect the damage caused by an Israeli raid in Nur Shams camp, near Tulkarm in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Image: Reuters)

Palestinians inspect the damage caused by an Israeli raid in Nur Shams camp, near Tulkarm in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. (Image: Reuters)

Israel says there has been an exchange of fire between suspects and the IDF. Death toll among Palestinians rose to 226.

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian in a raid on a West Bank refugee camp, the Palestinian health ministry said Tuesday, as violence in the occupied territory shows no letup.

The ministry said 21-year-old Ayed Samih Khaled was “shot by live occupation (Israeli) bullets fired to the head” in the Nur Shams camp near the northern town of Tulkarem.

The Israeli military said “an exchange of fire with a number of suspects took place” during the raid.

A camp resident confirmed that clashes erupted soon after the incursion started around midnight (2100 GMT Monday), requesting anonymity for security reasons.

“The army had come with bulldozers to destroy some roads inside the camp,” the resident told AFP.

The military said Israeli forces targeted a building which “contained several ready-to-use explosive devices” and a bomb went off during the raid.

Following the withdrawal of Israeli forces, an AFP photographer saw Palestinians gathering beside piles of rubble and gaping holes in a building.

The West Bank has been occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War of 1967 and its forces regularly carry out incursions into areas which are nominally under Palestinian control.

The latest deadly raid brings to 226 the number of Palestinians killed so far this year in violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The recent surge in bloodshed has also seen 32 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian killed over the same period, according to an AFP tally based on official sources on both sides.

They include, on the Palestinian side, combatants as well as civilians and, on the Israeli side, three members of the Arab minority.

Shankhyaneel Sarkar

Shankhyaneel Sarkar is a senior subeditor at News18, covering international issues. He is an Arsenal fan, and in his free time, he enjoys exploring of

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