RAMALLAH: The head of the Palestinian ambulance service said that Israeli drone strike on Friday killed three Palestinians in the city of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli army has confirmed to media that it had conducted an airstrike, saying it had killed at least five Palestinians during fighting in Jenin.
According to Western media reports at least 200 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank since the beginning of the deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas on October 7.
Hamas has said they engaged Israeli forces for several hours in the streets of Jenin.
Palestinian health officials said some workers at Jenin’s Ibn Sina Hospital were asked to leave the medical facility.
Earlier the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights asked Israel to take immediate measures to protect Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.
The Israeli army’s relentless air and ground campaign, responsible for approximately 12,000 innocent lives lost, including thousands of children and women.
Meanwhile Gaza health ministry reported that 24 patients at Gaza’s war-torn Al-Shifa Hospital have died within 48 hours due to power outages, intensifying the already dire humanitarian crisis.
UNSC calls for extended humanitarian pauses in Gaza
Earlier the UNSC called for “extended humanitarian pauses” in Gaza, the first time the world body has broken its silence since the start of the war between Hamas and Israel.
The UN has warned of a looming humanitarian catastrophe, with over 1.5 million people internally displaced, facing starvation, and lacking access to clean water in Gaza. Israel must allow clean water and fuel supplies into the Gaza Strip “before it is too late,” a United Nations expert warned on Friday, as he called on Israel to halt using water as a “weapon of war.”
Pedro Arrojo-Agudo, the UN’s special rapporteur on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation said as per global law, intentionally depriving the civilians of the conditions needed to sustain normal life with the target of bringing about their destruction is classified as an act of termination and a crime against humanity.
The UN experts said that every hour that passes with Israel stopping the provision of clean drinking water in Gaza, in shameless breach of global law, puts people at risk of dying of thirst and different diseases related to the lack of clean drinking water.
Thousands of buildings, including hospitals, mosques and churches, have also been destroyed in the Israeli strikes in Gaza.