Recent violence has claimed the lives of 6 Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, but both sides are wary of an unwanted escalation as Israel eyes a possible normalization deal with Saudi Arabia
Six Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on Tuesday and Wednesday, with four of them killed during an Israeli military raid in the West Bank city of Jenin, one killed in clashes on the Gaza Strip border, and another killed in a clash with soldiers near Jericho in the West Bank. The raid in Jenin, which saw the rare use of an Israeli suicide drone, also resulted in injuring tens of Palestinians.
Over the past year, the Israeli military has been increasing its activities in the West Bank in what it says is a concerted effort to thwart terrorist attacks.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, more than 180 Palestinians have been killed in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank since the beginning of the year. In the same period, 29 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians. The violence continues from 2022, one of the deadliest years in the West Bank in recent decades.