Israeli Forces Conduct Deadly Raid on Nour Shams Refugee Camp in West Bank, Killed 14 Palestinians

On April 21, 2024, the IDF conducted a deadly 2-day raid on the Nour Shams refugee camp in the West Bank, killing 14 Palestinians, including a child, and injuring over 40. The high civilian toll raises concerns about Israel's use of force.

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Israeli Forces Conduct Deadly Raid on Nour Shams Refugee Camp in West Bank, Killed 14 Palestinians

Israeli Forces Raid Nour Shams Camp, Killing 14 Palestinians

On April 21, 2024, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) conducted a deadly two-day raid on the Nour Shams refugee camp near Tulkarem in the occupied West Bank. The assault, which began late Thursday with armored vehicles and troops surrounding the camp, resulted in the deaths of at least 14 Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and injuries to more than 40 others.

For over 50 hours, Israeli forces maintained a siege on the camp, shooting at residents, arresting scores of people, and destroying homes. The intensity of the assault was likened to attacks during the Second Intifada. Residents were trapped inside without access to medical assistance as bodies began to rot on the streets.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health reported that the bodies of 13 young men were brought to the Martyr Thabat Thabet Governmental Hospital after the prolonged incursion. Among those killed were at least one child and a 16-year-old, according to Palestinian reports. Witnesses described a "wide-scale military operation" leading to a "tight and intensified security siege."

After partially withdrawing its troops, the IDF claimed it had killed 10 "terrorists," arrested 8 "wanted Palestinians," uncovered explosive devices and weapons, and destroyed a bomb manufacturing factory during the operation. The IDF also reported that 8 of its soldiers and 1 Border Police officer were injured in the clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters.

Why this matters: The deadly raid on Nour Shams is part of a broader surge in Israeli military violence in the occupied West Bank, with around 500 Palestinians killed in raids, checkpoint shootings, and settler attacks since the start of the conflict escalation in October 2023. The high civilian death toll and level of destruction raise serious concerns about the proportionality of Israel's use of force and the dire humanitarian situation for Palestinians living under occupation.

Resistance Vows: In response to what Hamas and Fatah called a "massacre," Palestinian factions including the Al-Mujahideen Brigades and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades vowed to continue resistance against the Israeli occupation. The head of the Nour Shams camp services committee stated that "young men were killed in their homes, hundreds were detained and interrogated, and dozens were arrested," while Israel cut off water, electricity, and communication services to the camp.

Key Takeaways

  • IDF conducted deadly 2-day raid on Nour Shams refugee camp, killing 14 Palestinians.
  • Intense assault likened to Second Intifada, with residents trapped without medical aid.
  • IDF claimed to have killed 10 "terrorists," arrested 8, and destroyed a bomb factory.
  • Raid part of surge in Israeli military violence in West Bank, raising concerns over force.
  • Palestinian factions vowed continued resistance in response to the "massacre."