Israel attacks West Bank mosque, killing two | ET REALITY

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The Israeli military carried out a rare airstrike overnight on a mosque in the occupied West Bank, killing at least two people in what Palestinian officials called a “dangerous escalation.”

The attack hit a mosque in the densely populated Jenin Palestinian refugee camp in the northern West Bank. Israel’s military said it was targeting an underground “terrorist complex” beneath the mosque that it said was being used by Hamas and Islamic Jihad to stage an imminent attack. Lt. Col. Richard Hecht, an Israeli military spokesman, called the activity taking place beneath the mosque a “time bomb.” The claims had not been independently verified.

At least two people were killed and three others were injured, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. Video from the scene showed significant damage to the mosque.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry called the attack a “dangerous escalation in the use of fighter jets,” and said in a statement that Israel appeared to be bringing tactics used in the Gaza Strip to the occupied West Bank.

After a nearly two-decade hiatus, Israel resumed limited airstrikes in the West Bank in July, primarily using drones, during a two-day siege and assault on the Jenin refugee camp that the Israeli military said was aimed at eradicating the armed groups. .

Violence has increased in the West Bank in the wake of the October 7 attacks that Hamas, the armed group that controls Gaza, launched against Israel. The Palestinian Health Ministry in the West Bank said 90 Palestinians had been killed since October 7 in the occupied territory in clashes with Israeli forces and attacks by armed Israeli settlers, by far the most in two consecutive weeks this year. Israeli officials have arrested hundreds of Palestinians, according to Palestinian and Israeli accounts.

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