An Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank resulted in the deaths of nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, according to Palestinian officials. The Palestinian health minister stated that the situation in Jenin was “critical” with many injured and ambulances unable to reach them. The children’s ward of a local hospital was also affected by Israeli tear gas. The Israeli military has not released many details, but it is said to have acted to prevent a “major attack” by militants. Tensions in the West Bank have been increasing as the Israeli military continues an anti-terrorism offensive. So far this year, at least 29 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank, which includes militants and civilians.