Five Palestinians were killed the last 24 hours in the midst of Israeli operations for the suppression of fighters after a series of deadly attacks on Israelis.
Palestine claims two young men were killed in the occupied West Bank on Thursday during an Israeli raid.
On Wednesday, a teenager and a lawyer was among three people shot in other parts of the West Bank as tensions rose.
Israeli forces step up operations after Palestinian kills two Israelis at a bar in Tel Aviv last week.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said at the time that the security forces will have “complete freedom of action … in order to defeat terror»although he did not specify what that meant.
A wave of Israeli and Palestinian attacks on Israel in the past three weeks has killed 12 Israelis and two Ukrainians. It was one of the bloodiest periods of its kind for years, putting the country on the edge.
Twenty Palestinians, many of them identified as militants, have since been killed in Israeli sweeps in the West Bank. They have focused on the Jenin areawhere two of the Palestinians who carried out attacks in Israel came from.
Two Palestinian youths were killed there on Thursday morning, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced. An Israeli army spokesman said soldiers open fire after shootings and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the Reuters news agency reported.
On Wednesday, one A 14-year-old Palestinian man who Israel said threw a petrol bomb at soldiers was shot near Bethlehem.
Another 20-year-old Palestinian was killed in clashes near Ramallahwhere Israel said its forces had arrested three Palestinians who were planning an attack on Israelis in the following days. One of those arrested was a fugitive from the Hamas militant group who was accused of shooting and killing an Israeli in 2015 and had recently escaped from Palestinian detention, according to Israel.
A 34-year-old Palestinian lawyer A human rights activist who was driving his nieces to school was also shot dead when his car stopped during clashes in Nablus, Palestinian officials said. The health ministry said Israeli soldiers shot him in the chest.
The Israeli army said that soldiers enter Nablus to secure site honored by Jews as Joseph’s tomb, to be repaired after being vandalized by Palestinians at the weekend. He said hundreds of Palestinians then started throwing stones and oil bombs and that the soldiers used riot gear and live ammunition.
The outbreak of violence comes before a particularly volatile period, with the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover on Friday night coinciding with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan and the Christian holiday of Easter.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, and other militant groups have called on hundreds of thousands of Palestinians to gather at a controversial hilltop compound in Jerusalem known to Muslims as Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as Temple Mount on Friday to “protect.” is from Jewish activity.
Easter traditionally sees an increase in visits by religious Jews to the site, which are considered provocative by Palestinians.
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