Israeli settlement construction and demolition continued in the occupied West Bank on Monday, a day after the Palestinians announced a nationwide strike over the deaths of at least one Palestinian teenager.
The Palestinian death toll rose to 18 on Sunday, bringing the total to 24, while the Israeli death toll remained unchanged at 12, Palestinian officials said.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights, the Palestinian Center of Development and Social Studies and the Palestinian Ministry of the Interior said on Twitter that at least six Palestinian youths were killed and 18 others were wounded in clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians.
The Israeli military said on Monday that it had deployed “more than 1,000 soldiers” to the occupied territories in an attempt to contain the violence.
At least two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces on Sunday when Israeli forces raided their homes, according to a local Palestinian news website.
The army said that Israeli forces opened fire on the house in the northern occupied West Valley region, in the southern Gaza Strip and in the north of the occupied Golan Heights.
The army said it had no further details about the incident.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday that the Palestinians were committed to an indefinite ceasefire, which he said would not include the withdrawal of the Israeli troops.
Abbas said that if Israel does not abide by its commitments, “there will be no solution”.
Israel said on Friday that it would not withdraw its troops from the West Jerusalem neighbourhood of East Jerusalem in the event of a Palestinian ceasefire, the Israeli army said in a statement.
Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been negotiating a cease-fire in the areas of East and West Jerusalem since March.
Israel and the Palestinians have been locked in a bitter dispute over the status of Jerusalem, home to the biblical city of the Jewish people and the holiest site in Islam, since Israel captured the eastern part of the city in 1967.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, captured the West and East of the Jordan Valley in the 1967 Six Day War.
The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, but Israel insists on the city’s status as the site of the biblical Temple, which they see as sacred to Judaism.
Israel has long claimed Jerusalem as its capital, despite international recognition of the 1967 lines of separation and the internationally recognised capital of Israel.
In the months since a July 24 UN Security Council resolution endorsing the status quo in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was passed, Israel has continued to demolish homes in East Jerusalem and in parts of the West, claiming they are illegal under international law.