The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire during clashes in the occupied West Bank on Friday has risen to 10, the Palestinian health ministry said.
Violent protests have erupted across the territory, with mainly young Palestinians hurling stones, Molotov cocktails and other projectiles at Israeli forces who have responded with tear gas, rubber bullet and live rounds, multiple sources said.
Violence on Fridays in the West Bank is a traditional facet of the long running Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but the fresh unrest comes as Israel is engaged in major hostilities with Palestinian armed groups in Gaza.
Israel’s army said it ‘neutralised’ an assailant who attempted to stab at soldier at a military post in Ofra, north of Ramallah.
The Palestinian health ministry confirmed the man’s death and that of a second man it said was shot dead by Israeli troops near Jenin.
There have been daily clashes in the West Bank since Monday, when the conflict in Gaza escalated after the territory's rulers, Hamas, fired rockets towards Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said Friday’s West Bank clashes, affecting multiple locations, had left more than 100 people wounded, including from tear gas and rubber bullets.
Amid the surge in West Bank violence, the Gaza conflict raged on Friday, with Israeli forces continuing a bombing campaign in response to Palestinian rocket fire.
Since Monday, more than 1,800 rockets have been at Israel by Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other armed groups.
Israel has responded with air and artillery strikes on more than 600 targets in the blockaded enclave.
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