Jerusalem, November 18 (AP) Five Palestinians, including three extremists, were killed in Israeli army action in the West Bank on Friday.
The number of Palestinians killed in violence in the West Bank has risen to 205 since the Gaza war began on October 7.
Israel says its actions are aimed at Hamas, the ruling group in Gaza, and other extremist groups operating in the West Bank. However, human rights groups say that raids, demolitions of homes and arrests by Israel have increased.
The war began on October 7 when Hamas militants crossed into Israel, killing at least 1,200 people and abducting 240 others.
Israel launched a war that has killed more than 11,000 people in Gaza, most of them civilians, according to health officials in the Hamas-ruled territory. At the same time, Israel has taken action against suspected terrorists throughout the West Bank.
The latest violence began Thursday night when Israeli military trucks and bulldozers entered the Jenin refugee camp and snipers were deployed on top of several buildings, local journalists said. Firing started at many places.
The Israeli military said an Israeli plane targeted militants who had thrown explosives toward Israeli security forces. Three people were killed in this and the Islamic Jihad terrorist group has claimed them as its members.
Palestinian health officials said at least 15 people were injured, four of them seriously. The emergency room of the nearby Ibn Sina Hospital is crowded with patients.
Chief surgeon Dr. Tawfiq al-Shobaki said that at around 4 a.m., Israeli military vehicles surrounded the compound and ordered medical staff to come out. Al-Shobaki said a small group of paramedics came out, but not a single emergency room doctor came out of the hospital.
The Israeli military said two Palestinians who opened fire on Israeli security forces near the southern city of Hebron on Friday were killed in its firing.
AP Amit Santosh