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50 Palestinians killed by Israel this year: Report

Israeli security forces fire tear gas at Palestinian protesters on the main street of Beita village in the occupied West Bank, on April 15, 2022 [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]
Israeli security forces fire tear gas at Palestinians in the West Bank on 15 April 2022 [JAAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images]

At least 50 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces since the start of this year, the Health Ministry said on Monday, and Anadolu News Agency reports.

A Ministry statement said the West Bank city of Jenin recorded the highest death toll, with 17 fatalities, and Nablus with seven deaths.

Only 14 Palestinians lost their lives to Israeli fire in the same period last year.

There was no comment from the Israeli authorities on the Palestinian statement.

In December, Israeli media reported that the military has authorised soldiers to open fire on stone-throwing Palestinians.

Tensions have been running high across Palestinian territories since last month, amid repeated Israeli arrest campaigns in the occupied West Bank and daily settler incursions into the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in East Jerusalem.

READ: Palestinians begin strike to protest Israeli killings

Al-Aqsa Mosque is the world's third holiest site for Muslims. Jews call the area the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa is located, during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It annexed the entire city in 1980, in a move never recognised by the international community.

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