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Five Palestinians killed as Israeli forces raid West Bank camp

(Al Jazeera Media Network) Mourners laid their loved ones to rest hours after the Israeli military used helicopter gunships during a large-scale incursion into the occupied West Bank’s Jenin refugee camp, killing five Palestinians and wounding at least 91.

The fiercest clashes in years began early Monday after Israeli soldiers stormed the camp, firing live ammunition, stun grenades, and toxic gas, according to the Wafa news agency. Combat helicopters were used for the first time in decades after the ensuing hours-long fighting.

One of the Palestinian fatalities was a child.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the victims as Ahmed Saqr, 15, Khaled Darwish, 21, Qassam Sariya, 19, Qassam Faisal Abu Sirriya, 29, and Ahmed Daraghmeh.

At least 22 injured Palestinians are believed to be in critical condition.

Reporting from the occupied West Bank, Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim said Israeli military forces withdrew from the camp after several hours.

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