February 22, 2024

The Israeli army is escalating its operations in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, increasing its raids across the Palestinian territories. Israeli military incursions in Jenin and Nablus have led to armed clashes in the Balata refugee camp between Israeli forces and armed Palestinians. Similar raids are also taking place in Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Hebron. Since Oct. 7, at least 220 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2,500 wounded. Additionally, 2,800 individuals have been detained by the Israeli army, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club advocacy group. This death toll is higher than the Palestinian Health Ministry’s toll of 208 killed in the first nine months of the year up to the start of the war. The Israeli army has targeted Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank, which are considered armed hotspots housing fighters from Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and the Fatah party. The deadliest Israeli raid in the West Bank since at least 2005 occurred in the Jenin refugee camp last week, resulting in 14 deaths. PA officials say these raids have weakened them and made them unable to perform their duties. The PA, which has limited administrative control over a small part of the West Bank, is seen by many as a subcontractor for the Israeli occupation.