At least six Palestinians were killed and at least 26 were injured in a refugee encampment in the West Bank during a raid by Israeli security forces on Tuesday.

The raid in the city of Jenin was initiated to arrest a man suspected of shooting two Israeli brothers last month. The raid “spiraled into violence” and left six Palestinians dead, The New York Times reported.

Why did Israeli security forces perform an operation in Palestinian city?

The suspect was one of those killed, according to Palestinian health officials. Islamist militant group “Hamas confirmed that he had been a member of its military wing,” and he had also spent nine years serving in Israeli prison. He was released in December 2022, per the Times.

Details about the other Palestinians killed are yet to be released.

West Bank experiences deadliest beginning of the year since 2000

Far-right Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu supported the raid that took place “in the heart of the murderers’ lair,” he said, per The Washington Post. “As I have said repeatedly: Whoever harms us will pay the price.”

What else has been happening in the West Bank?

Last week, a group of Israeli settlers set fire and rioted in the town of Huwara, and one Palestinian was shot and killed. The riot was in response to a shooting of two Jewish brothers, Hillel Yaniv, 21, and Yagel Yaniv, 19, who were driving through Huwara to their residence in nearby Israeli settlement Har Bracha, CNN reported.

More violence took place in Huwara when some Israeli settlers threw stones at a Palestinian family that was sitting in a parked car, per BBC.

“More than 60 Palestinians have been killed this year by Israeli forces and settlers,” and “at least 14 Israelis have been killed in attacks by Palestinians,” according to The Washington Post.

At least 10 Palestinians were killed during an Israel West Bank raid