Israeli forces have killed five Palestinian men during a violent attack on the occupied West Bank city of Tulkarm and its refugee camp.
According to Wafa news agency, during the first phase of the Monday attack, two Palestinian youths were killed after the regime’s forces raided the refugee camp, prompting confrontations with its inhabitants.
The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the victims as 25-year-old Mahmoud Ali Hadayda and 28-year-old Hazem Muhammad al-Hosary, adding that they were seriously injured after being hit by Israeli forces’ live fire in the chest. They were then transferred to a local hospital in Tulkarm, where they were declared dead.
Eyewitnesses said after wounding al-Hosary, Israeli forces left him bleeding for more than half an hour, before allowing an ambulance to approach and take him to the hospital.
Three more Palestinians were killed hours later during subsequent confrontations with Israel forces in the refugee camp.
The Palestinian Health Ministry identified them as Saeed Suleiman Youssef Abu Tahoun, 24 years old, Jihad Khaled Muqbil Ghanem, 27 years old, and Musab Omar Ahmed al-Ghoul, 21 years old.
Nine more Palestinians were injured in the regime’s attack.
The Israeli forces initially prevented ambulances from entering the camp and obstructed their work by stopping them and carefully inspecting them before they were able to reach the wounded and transport them to the hospital.
Before raiding the Tulkarm camp, a large number of the regime’s forces attacked the city from its western side, deploying snipers on a number of rooftops opposite to the camp as a reconnaissance plane flew low over the area.
The new fatalities came after on Saturday, Israeli forces fatally shot three Palestinian young men in similar violent raids in the West Bank.
The regime has escalated its violent attacks across the occupied territory, killing over 185 Palestinians there since October 7 when it launched a war of aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip.
More than 11,200 Palestinians, including over 8,000 women and children, have been killed, and 27,490 others injured since the regime started the war on Gaza in response to an operation staged by the territory’s resistance groups.