Israel carries out biggest Ramallah raid in years

Violence has surged across West Bank in parallel to Gaza war; Israel making life 'hell' for Palestinians, says foreign ministry.

RAMALLAH (Reuters): Israeli forces raided the Palestinian administrative capital of Ramallah in the occupied West Bank overnight, killing a 16-year-old in a refugee camp during their biggest such operation into the city in years, Palestinian sources said on Monday.

The Israeli military said that during the action, a riot broke out between Palestinians throwing rocks and petrol bombs and the soldiers, who responded with live fire.
Witnesses in Ramallah said the Israeli forces had driven dozens of military vehicles into the city, the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority (PA) led by President Mahmoud Abbas which exercises limited self-rule over parts of the West Bank.
The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces shot and killed 16-year-old Mustafa Abu Shalbak while raiding Am’ari refugee camp.
The Palestinian news agency WAFA said confrontations broke out as Israeli forces stormed the camp, “during which live bullets were fired at Palestinian youths”, wounding Abu Shalbak in the neck and chest.
The Israeli military said security forces had conducted a six hour-long counter-terrorism operation in the camp, apprehending two wanted suspects, questioning others and seizing “inciting material spread by Hamas”.
“During the operation, a violent riot developed, in which suspects hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces, who responded with live fire. A hit was identified,” it said.
The Palestinian foreign ministry said Israeli occupation authorities were making lives of Palestinians in the West Bank “an unbearable hell” with actions including raids, detentions, and movement restrictions, warning of “serious risks” of plunging the West Bank into “violence and anarchy”.
Violence has surged across the West Bank in parallel to the Gaza war, with at least 400 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers and settlers, and Israel regularly raiding Palestinian areas across the territory it occupied in 1967.

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