At least five Palestinians were shot and injured after Israeli forces fired bullets during a raid on a refugee camp in the occupied northwestern West Bank city of Tulkram on Sunday, Palestinian media reported.
The official Palestinian news agency WAFA, citing local sources, reported that Israeli forces stormed the camp in the early hours of the day, triggering violent clashes with young Palestinians.
The report added that the confrontations were accompanied by heavy Israeli gunfire, which left five civilians injured as they were struck by live rounds.
The five wounded Palestinians were transported to Martyr Dr. Thabet Thabet Government Hospital in Tulkarm for medical treatment. Their conditions have been described as stable.
Israeli forces launch raids on various cities of the West Bank almost on a daily basis under the pretext of detaining what the regime calls “wanted” Palestinians. The raids usually lead to violent confrontations with residents.
More than 200 Palestinians have been killed this year in the occupied Palestinian territories and Gaza. The majority of these fatalities have been recorded in the West Bank.
At least 32 people have been killed in Palestinian retaliatory attacks against Israeli settlers during that time.
Those figures indicate that 2023 is already the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the United Nations began keeping track of fatalities in 2005.
Previously, 2022 had been the deadliest year with 150 Palestinians killed, of whom 33 were minors, according to the United Nations.
The rising number of fatalities last year prompted UN experts to condemn the treatment of Palestinians, including attacks on their homes and destruction of their property.