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Hamas says launched 16 rockets from Lebanon at Israel

Four Palestinians killed in occupied West Bank: ministry

By AFP

November 6, 2023 09:20 PM


 

Hamas militants on Monday fired 16 rockets from Lebanon towards northern Israel, the Palestinian group's armed wing announced, saying they targeted areas south of the Israeli coastal city of Haifa.

The Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades said the strikes came "in response to the occupation's (Israel's) massacres and its aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip".

The Israeli army meanwhile reported about 30 projectiles had been fired at northern Israel from Lebanon, adding that it fired back at the direction they had been launched from.

It came after the health ministry in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip announced earlier Monday that the death toll in the enclave had surpassed 10,000 nearly a month after the start of the war triggered by the militant group's unprecedented attack on Israel.

Israeli officials say more than 1,400 people, most of them civilians, have been killed in Israel since the October 7 attack, during which Hamas took more than 240 people hostage.

Hamas, which is allied with Lebanon's Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah, has a number of fighters in south Lebanon and has previously claimed attacks on Israel from there.

Tensions have run high at the border between Israel and Lebanon -- which remain technically at war -- since the October 7 attack, with Hezbollah and Israel regularly exchanging attacks.

Since October 7, at least 81 people have been killed on the Lebanese side in cross-border skirmishes, according to an AFP tally, including 59 Hezbollah fighters.

Six soldiers and two civilians have been killed on the Israeli side.

Four Palestinians killed in occupied West Bank: ministry

Israeli forces killed four Palestinians in the occupied West Bank on Monday, the Palestinian health ministry reported, as deadly violence surges there since the start of the war between Israel and Hamas.

Three Palestinians were killed and a fourth injured by Israeli army fire in Tulkarem, in the northwest of the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967, the ministry said.

Witnesses in Tulkarem told AFP that the three men killed were armed and in a car when they were intercepted by undercover Israeli agents.

The agents "shot at them in a street in the north of the city and the three men died", one of the witnesses said on condition of anonymity.

Earlier, the Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces killed a young Palestinian man and seriously injured three others in the town of Halhul, in the south of the West Bank.

More than 150 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli soldiers or settlers in the West Bank since the start of the Israel-Hamas war on October 7, according to the ministry.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas in a surprise visit to the West Bank where the pair discussed "the need to stop extremist violence against Palestinians", the State Department said.


AFP


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