Mourners carry the body of a Palestinian teen killed by Israeli army in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, July 20, 2023. (Reuters Photo)
Tragedy struck the Nour Shams refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank city of Tulkarem as two Palestinians lost their lives in an Israeli military raid.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health on Sunday identified the victims as Asid Abu Ali, 21, and Abdulrahman Abu Daghash, 32.
This Sunday raid resulted in extensive damage to the camp's infrastructure, further intensifying the ongoing conflict in the region.
During the operation, engineering units detected and detonated several explosive devices placed under roads. In response, armed Palestinian fighters engaged the raiding army, leading to exchanges of gunfire and explosives.
Over the past 18 months, Israel has escalated its military raids, primarily focusing on the northern regions of the occupied West Bank.
Their stated objective is to eliminate Palestinian resistance fighters and prevent future attacks.
However, these operations have not only intensified the conflict but have also weakened the Palestinian Authority, which governs parts of the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The United Nations has declared 2023 as the deadliest year for Palestinians since it began recording casualties in 2006.
With over 200 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since the year's outset, according to the Health Ministry, and at least 35 Israelis losing their lives in Palestinian attacks during the same period, the region is grappling with escalating violence.