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Israel's raid in West Bank leaves several dead following US warning of escalation

Israel is increasing military raids in the West Bank concurrent with the war in Gaza.
Israeli armored vehicles are pictured during a raid by the Israeli army in the Jenin refugee camp, the occupied West Bank, Nov. 16, 2023.

The Israeli military conducted a deadly raid in Jenin on Friday, marking another escalation in the West Bank amid US warnings to Israel to de-escalate tensions in the territory, including by cracking down on settler violence amid the Israel-Hamas war. 

The Palestinian Authority said an Israeli drone strike in the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern West Bank, had killed three Palestinians early Friday morning, as Israeli ground forces raided the camp and other parts of Jenin. During the incursion, Israeli troops surrounded the Ibn Sina hospital in Jenin, interrogated medical staff, searched ambulances and forcibly evacuated the hospital, reported WAFA, the PA's official news agency.

Hamas’ armed wing, the Izz al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades, announced on Telegram that three of its fighters had been killed in Jenin.

The Israel Defense Forces said it had killed five enemy fighters in overnight operations in the Jenin camp, adding that its aircraft struck armed assailants who had fired at its troops. The IDF also said gunmen had fled in ambulances and other vehicles for the Ibn Sina hospital, prompting a search of the area, and that it had found weapons in a vehicle near the hospital, Agence France-Presse reported.

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