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UN humanitarians voice concern over escalation in West Bank

United Nations, Nov 11 (IANS) 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.

An additional eight people, including a child, have been killed by Israeli settlers in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, while three Israelis died killed in attacks by Palestinians.

“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 attacking or allegedly attacking Israeli forces or settlers.

Since the beginning of the hostilities, Israeli forces have injured 2,552 Palestinians, including at least 25 children,.

Sixty-six Palestinians have been injured by settlers, while some 32 per cent of those injuries have been caused by live ammunition.

In the past 24 hours, armed settlers opened fire and injured with live ammunition a Palestinian herder in the village of Kisan (Bethlehem).

The incident occurred as Palestinian herders were grazing sheep when settlers reportedly from Asfar settlement outpost and threatened herders at gunpoint to leave, leading to stone throwing between the Palestinian herders and settlers, before one of the settlers opened live fire.

Since October 7, OCHA has recorded 233 settler attacks against Palestinians, resulting in Palestinian casualties (29 incidents), damage to Palestinian-owned property (168 incidents), or both casualties and damage to property (36 incidents).

“This reflects a daily average of seven incidents, compared with three since the beginning of the year. Over one-third of these incidents included threats with firearms, including shootings. In nearly half of all incidents, Israeli forces were either accompanying or actively supporting the attackers” the OCHA added.

As of Saturday, a total of 11,078 people have died in Gaza and 1,200 in Israel.



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