This is the highest balance for an Israeli operation in recent years; Authorities said 20 people were injured.
Palestinians carry the bodies of four of the nine victims reported killed during an Israeli attack on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank during their funeral procession in the city of the same name
An Israeli attack on Jenin, west bank occupied, left at least nine Palestinians dead, including “an elderly woman, and 20 people injured this Thursday, 26, during the military operation in the refugee camp, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. This is the highest result in an Israeli operation in the West Bank in recent years. An Israeli military spokesman said the army carried out “an anti-terrorist operation” against the armed Islamic Jihad organization, which has been involved in several attacks against Israel. The Palestinians accuse the Israelis of using tear gas in the attack, an action Israel denies. Before withdrawing, Israeli forces “deliberately threw tear gas grenades” into the pediatric ward of a hospital in Jenin, “which caused some children to suffocate,” said Palestinian Health Minister Mai Al Kaila. “No one deliberately fired tear gas into a hospital, but the operation took place not far from a hospital and it is possible that the tear gas entered through an open window,” an Israeli army spokesman said, dismissing the Palestinian accusations.
The Israeli Army, which has occupied the West Bank since 1967, carries out almost daily operations in that Palestinian territory, mainly in the north, in the sectors of Jenin and Nablus, strongholds of Palestinian armed groups. “The Israeli army destroys everything and shoots everything that moves,” said Jenin’s deputy governor, Kamal Abu Al Rub, adding that residents live “in a state of war”. The Palestinian minister called an “emergency meeting” with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). “What is happening in Jenin and its countryside is a massacre perpetrated by the Israeli occupation government,” said Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas.
Saleh Al Aruri, an official with Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement in power in the Gaza Strip, said that “the occupation will pay the price for this massacre it committed in Jenin and its refugee camp.” The secretary general of the Arab League denounced a “bloody massacre” perpetrated “under the direct orders of (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu and his General Staff”. With the deaths on Thursday, the number of Palestinians, civilians or members of armed groups, killed since the beginning of the year in acts of violence against Israeli forces or civilians rises to 29.
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