The UN denounces 31 Palestinians, six Israelis and one foreigner killed in the latest escalation of violence

A total of 31 Palestinians, six Israelis and one foreign citizen have died in the Palestinian territories as a result of the latest outbreak of violence in just three weeks, according to the balance of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

In addition they have resulted Injured 441 Palestinians and nine Israelis, including a member of the Israeli security forces, in incidents in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.

OCHA blames Israeli forces for killing 10 Palestinians, including two children and a woman, and injuring 26 others due to the use of live ammunition in a raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank. "This is the highest number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in a single operation in the West Bank since OCHA began collecting this casualty data in 2005."the UN body has pointed out.

In addition, OCHA highlights that three of the deceased were minors –16 and 17 years old– and an older woman –61 years old– who died from Israeli gunfire. "when they posed no immediate threat". Yet another Palestinian was killed the same day in Ar Ram, Jerusalem, in protests against the Jenin raid.

In the operation in Jenin, the Israeli forces used tear gas and one of the grenades hit a pediatric unit of the Jenin Hospital, forcing the evacuation of the patients.

Following this incident, on January 27, a Palestinian killed six Israelis, including a minor, and a foreign national in the East Jerusalem Jewish colony of Neve Yaakov. "It is the deadliest attack against Israelis since 2008"has highlighted the OCHA, which recalls that the attacker died shot.

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Nine other Palestinians, including a minor, were killed in Israeli security forces operations in the West Bank, while seven more Palestinians were killed in Israeli forces actions at military security checkpoints near Ramallah, Qalqilia and Hebron.

The chapter of deaths is closed by two Palestinians shot dead by Israeli settlers after stabbing or attempting to stab settlers in new settlements in the vicinity of Hebron and Ramallah.

On the other hand, the Israeli authorities have demolished, confiscated or evicted 88 buildings in East Jerusalem and Area C of the West Bank, the majority due to the lack of Israeli permits. "almost impossible to get"according to OCHA. "Three of these structures are the result of humanitarian aid donations"OCHA has indicated.

These demolitions have left 99 Palestinians homeless —including 54 minors— and another 21,000 Palestinians have been affected. Many of those evicted are relatives of Palestinians designated as "terrorists" for Israel.

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