Israeli troops killed four Palestinians in Jenin, including a minor. On Monday, they wounded dozens of others in a massive raid of the occupied West Bank city of Jenin in Palestine.
The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the dead as Khaled Asasa, 21, Qassam Abu Sariya, 29, Qais Jabarin, 21, and 15-year-old Ahmed Saqr. At least five others remained seriously after being wounded in the shootout.
The Israeli military said seven members of the paramilitary border police and the army suffered light and moderate wounds.
The violence marked a rare use of Israeli airpower in the Palestinian territory.
Hussein al-Sheikh, Palestine’s civil affairs minister, said a “fierce and open war is being waged against the Palestinian people… by the occupation (Israeli) forces”.
He called for the Palestinian leadership to take “unprecedented decisions” without elaborating.
The Palestinian health minister, Mai al-Kaila, called in a statement for the “urgent” dispatch of blood and medical supplies to Jenin.
Türkiye and Egypt condemned the attacks by the Israeli forces.
The fighting was the latest in more than a year of near-daily Israeli violence wrapping the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli military did not immediately comment on the incident. Israeli media reported that multiple Israeli troops were wounded in the fighting.
Unconfirmed video footage from Jenin showed an Israeli military helicopter launching a rocket during the ongoing army raid.
Israel and the Palestinians have been gripped by months of violence, focused mainly in the occupied West Bank, where some 120 Palestinians have been killed this year.
Israel has been staging near-nightly raids in the occupied territories. It says most of the dead were “militants,” but stone-throwing youths protesting the incursions and others not involved in confrontations have also been killed.
In response, Palestinian attacks against Israelis have killed at least 20 people this year.
The violence has raised regional tensions and threatens to derail efforts to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.