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Six Palestinians killed in Israeli drone strike on West Bank refugee camp

Israeli troops take position as they raid the house of a Palestinian, who is believed to be an assailant, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank city of al-Khalil on November 16, 2023. (Photo by Reuters)

At least six young Palestinian men were killed in an Israeli drone strike in the West Bank, as violence escalates in the occupied territory concurrent with the Tel Aviv regime’s relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Medical sources at Martyr Dr. Thabet Thabet Government Hospital in the northwestern West Bank city of Tulkarm said in a statement that six bodies and a number of wounded people were accepted at the facility after a group of Palestinians were directly targeted with a drone in the Nur Shams refugee camp on Wednesday morning.

The sources added that the victims arrived at the hospital more than an hour after Israeli forces had disallowed paramedics to enter the camp, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA.

The deceased Palestinians were identified as 19-year-olds Ahmed Anwar Hamarsha and Ahmed Abdel Rahman Issa, 23-year-olds Adham Muhammad Fahmawi and Yazan Ahmed Wahid Fahmawi, 29-year-old Fares Hossam Fahmawi, and Hamza Ahmed Mustafa Fahmawi, 17.

A young man was so seriously injured after he was struck in the head with a bullet. His condition has been described as critical.

Head of Tulkarm Doctors’ Syndicate, Radwan Balibla, said an Israeli soldier stabbed one of the injured people inside the ambulance, adding that other Palestinians were assaulted by beatings with rifle butts, kicks, punches, and received death threats.

Moreover, Israeli forces shelled an abandoned house in the Aktaba neighborhood, east of Tulkarm, and sprayed a vehicle that had been parked near the house with bullets.

Eyewitnesses said Israeli troops stopped an ambulance that had come to check whether there were injuries, and forced its officer to enter the house and search it before letting him go.

Israel has ramped up its aggression in the West Bank since its bombardment of Gaza began in early October. The deaths of the young men bring the total number of Palestinian fatalities reported in the occupied territory since then to more than 300, making it the deadliest year on record in 18 years.

Israel waged the genocidal war on Gaza on October 7 after Hamas carried out a historic operation against the occupying entity in retaliation for its intensified atrocities against the Palestinian people.

The Israeli aggression has so far killed at least 20,915 Palestinians, most of them women and children, and wounded 54,918 others.

The Tel Aviv regime has imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food, and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

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