SAccording to the OCHA statement, which establishes a balance from October 7th to last Monday, “almost a quarter of the victims” are children and around 5,400 Palestinians were also injured across the region.

“The vast majority were murdered by the Israel Defense Forces [IDF, as Forças Armadas]and at least ten people fell into the hands of the settlers”, adds the United Nations office.

The humanitarian coordinator for the occupied Palestinian Territories, Muhannad Hadi, visited the occupied West Bank between June 18 and 24 “to see how the expansion of settlements [ilegais judaicos] and restrictions on access and movement are fueling humanitarian needs,” according to OCHA.

The mission, organized by OCHA and the UN Palestine Refugee Agency (UNRWA), included a visit to the city of Tulkarem and the adjacent refugee camps (Tulkarem and Nur Shams). During this week “18 attacks by Israeli settlers were documented which caused injuries and damage to Palestinian properties”.

The occupied West Bank is witnessing the greatest spiral of violence since the Second Intifada (2000-2005), with dozens of people killed by Israeli fire, most of them carried out by the military, but also by settlers.

The Jewish State justifies its deadly incursions into the area as “special operations” to “capture” leaders and fighters of Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

The Israeli side states that since the beginning of this year until the end of May, 12 people have been killed in the occupied West Bank in ten Palestinian attacks, including six soldiers and six civilians, three of them settlers.

The ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip was triggered by the attack by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas on Israeli soil on October 7, 2023, which caused around 1,130 deaths and more than two hundred hostages, according to Israeli authorities.

Since then, Tel Aviv has launched an offensive in the Gaza Strip that has so far caused more than 37,000 deaths and more than 85,000 injuries, according to the authorities of the Palestinian enclave, controlled by Hamas since 2007.

It is estimated that 10,000 Palestinians remain buried in the rubble after around eight months of war.

The conflict has also caused nearly two million people to be displaced, plunging the overpopulated and poor Palestinian enclave into a serious humanitarian crisis, with more than 1.1 million people in a “situation of catastrophic hunger” that is claiming victims – “the highest number ever recorded” by the UN in studies on food security in the world.

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