Six Palestinians killed in West Bank Israeli operation

Six Palestinians have been killed from gunshot wounds in an Israeli military deployment in Jenin in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry says.

A further 11 Palestinians were injured, two of them critically.

An Israeli military spokesman said the reports were under investigation.

The Israeli army said troops had been deployed to the Jenin refugee camp.

Israeli Army Radio reported that four Palestinians had died in an exchange of fire in Jenin, including one suspected of involvement in the deaths of two Israeli brothers in Huwara at the end of February.

Since the beginning of the year, 13 Israelis and one Ukrainian woman have been killed in Palestinian attacks.

In the same period, 70 Palestinians have died - killed in confrontations with the Israeli army or in the course of carrying out attacks of their own.

Israel took over the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.

Today, more than 600,000 Israeli settlers live there.