The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) voiced extreme concern over the escalating violence and tensions in the West Bank as well as the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Gaza amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war. In its latest situation update, the OCHA said since the war erupted on October 7,168 Palestinians, including 46 children, have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank till date.
“The number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank since October 7 accounts for 42 per cent of all Palestinian fatalities in the West Bank in 2023 (416),” the UN body said in the update. About 59 per cent of the overall fatalities occurred during confrontations that followed Israeli search-and-arrest operations, primarily in Jenin and Tulkarm governorates, it said.
Some 27 per cent were in the context of demonstrations in solidarity with Gaza; 7 per cent were killed in settler attacks against Palestinians, and the remaining 7 per cent were killed while allegedly attacking Israeli forces or settlers. Since the beginning of the hostilities, Israeli forces have injured 2,552 Palestinians, including at least 25 children. As of Saturday, a total of 11,078 people have died in Gaza and 1,200 in Israel.
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