With the world’s eyes focused on Gaza, not enough attention is given to Palestinians being killed and arrested by Israeli occupation forces throughout the West Bank.
On Wednesday night into the early hours of Thursday morning, seven Palestinians, including four teenagers, were killed during assaults by Israeli forces on several cities and towns throughout the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
More than 100 Palestinians were arrested during the raids in what Israeli media outlets are calling the “busiest night for the Israeli West Bank Division” since the Hamas surprise attack on October 7.
Qais Shalash (17) and Mohammed Khalil (15) were killed with live bullets by the Israeli occupation forces in Ramallah Governorate and al-Bireh.
Also, Ahmed Sadouq (17) was shot and killed in the Dheisheh refugee camp during a raid by the IOF. Video footage was shared on social media of an Israeli military vehicle obstructing the path of a Palestinian ambulance urgently trying to assist injured Palestinians in the Dheisheh camp.
East of Ramallah in Dura al-Qari’a, 21-year-old Mohammed Faweka was killed by Israeli occupation forces. Ibrahim al-Haj Ali (24) was severely wounded after being shot by occupation forces south of Nablus and later died of the injuries.
Jibril Awad (31) was shot and killed, and another Palestinian was severely injured in western Ramallah after Israeli forces opened live fire on Palestinians confronting the Israeli raid on the town. Several Palestinian vehicles and road infrastructure were destroyed after the Israeli forces declared the camp a “closed military zone” and brought in a D9 military bulldozer at dawn on Thursday.
East of Tulkarem, in the Nour Shams refugee camp, Taha Mhamidwas was also brutally shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces.
Since the Hamas attack on October 7, the Israeli government has imposed a strict lockdown throughout the occupied West Bank, placing barriers and cement blocks at the entrances to towns and villages, closing entire cities, and opening live fire at Palestinian protesters.
During the past two weeks, in addition to the atrocities happening in Gaza, at least 73 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli bullets in the West Bank, including approximately 20 children, and over 1,300 have been injured.