A 14-year-old boy was hit in the chest by a bullet and succumbed to complications during an Israeli army operation in a village east of the city of Qalqilya, in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Authority’s health ministry in Ramallah announced Wednesday.

Four more Palestinians were arrested in the raid by Israeli forces, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The Israeli military said suspects threw stones at its forces, who returned fire with live bullets, hitting one. Earlier, he reported that Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails at a bus and there were incidents.

After the outbreak of the Israel/Hamas war on October 7, the Israeli military has increased its operations, which are practically daily, in the West Bank. Its stated goal is to dismantle networks linked to Hamas and other Palestinian armed organizations.

More than 400 Palestinians have since been killed in the West Bank, either by the army or armed Israeli settlers, according to the Palestinian Authority’s health ministry.

In all of 2023, the United Nations recorded 507 Palestinian deaths in the West Bank. It was the highest number since systematic data on violence in the occupied Palestinian territory began in 2005.

Israeli military authorities announced Friday that they have arrested 3,100 Palestinians since the outbreak of war in the Gaza Strip, including 1,350 they say are members of Hamas.

The Israeli army had occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Nearly three million Palestinians live in the West Bank today, including between 500,000 and 700,000 Israeli settlers, in settlements that the UN considers illegal under international law. The Palestinians believe that this area should be the heart of their future independent state.