Israeli forces have killed over 400 people in West Bank since October, Palestinian Health Ministry says

Israeli forces have killed at least 433 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since October 7, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry in Ramallah.

About 4,700 more people were wounded by Israeli forces in that period, the ministry said.

At least 1,208 Palestinians have been displaced by settler violence and access restrictions since October, affecting at least 198 households, it said.

Another 537 Palestinians, including 238 children, have been displaced due to the destruction of 82 buildings in operations by Israeli forces in the West Bank, the ministry added.

The death toll over the past five months is much higher than in 2022, when 171 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank, according to the ministry — the highest number in a single year since 2005, during the Second Intifada.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said 15 Israelis, including four members of the Israeli forces, have been killed and 99 wounded in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, since October 7.

CNN has asked Israeli authorities for comment.

Settler violence: Even before Israel’s war with Hamas, the West Bank was boiling. About 500,000 Israeli Jewish settlers live in the West Bank and many settlements are heavily guarded, fenced-off areas that are off-limits to Palestinians.

Most of the world considers these settlements illegal under international law and Israel has been criticized for allowing their expansion.