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On 3 October, Israeli occupation forces raided the Jalazone refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, firing at least 30 bullets at three Palestinians in their vehicle, according to the Palestinian News and Information Agency (WAFA).
Two of the Palestinian were killed on sight, while the other passenger was severely wounded.
Basel Basbous, 19, and Khaled Anbar, 22, who were killed in the attack were both residents of Jalazone. The man who was severely injured is known as Rafat Habash, 19, from Beir Zeit, all three of them were reported to be local construction workers.
WAFA claims the Israeli forces recovered the bodies of the two dead Palestinians, however, Rafat Habash was reportedly detained.
The military raids by Israeli troops inside the West Bank have increased drastically in recent months, citing security concerns following increased attacks by Palestinian resistance groups.
The Israeli State Comptroller’s Office released an “urgent” report on Sunday, 2 October, to highlight growing concerns about the IDF conducting operations inside the West Bank, citing missing equipment and the poor living conditions of conscripts.
Since the beginning of 2022, Israeli forces have reportedly killed 165 Palestinians during operations inside the West Bank and Gaza. The National Grouping of Palestinian Martyrs’ Families released a report on Sunday, claiming that Israeli Defense Forces have murdered 88 Palestinians alone in the past three months of this year.
In a similar incident last week, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced that four Palestinian civilians were killed during an Israeli military operation inside of a camp in the city of Jenin.
“Since the beginning of the year, the Israeli army has carried out nearly 4,800 arrests … during the past month, the Israeli army arrested 600, and since the beginning of this month, it has arrested 220 Palestinians,” said Ibrahim Nimer, representative of the Palestinian Prisoners Club in the north of the region, during an interview with Sputnik.
Several other cities and towns have been subjected to violent raids from Israeli troops, such as Ya’bad, Markah, Araba, Fahma, Bir al-Basha, and Sanur. These cities and towns are witnessing an increase in Israeli military reinforcement and the establishment of additional checkpoints, which oversee every movement of Palestinians inside the areas.