Medics: Israeli forces kill 9 in clashes with armed Palestinians in Jenin

Medics: Israeli forces kill 9 in clashes with armed Palestinians in Jenin
Medics: Israeli forces kill 9 in clashes with armed Palestinians in Jenin
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Palestinian youths throw stones amid clashes with Israeli forces during raids on the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank on Thursday. Photo: Ali Sawafta – Reuters. reuters_tickers

This content was published on Jan 26, 2023 – 10:27 Jul,

January 26, 2023 – 10:27

From Ali Sawafta

JENIN, West Bank (Reuters) – Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, and wounded 12 others during clashes with gunmen on Thursday in a troubled town in the occupied West Bank, witnesses and medics said.

The Israeli army confirmed that it was carrying out an operation in Jenin, but did not give more details so far.

The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) and the Islamic Jihad movement stated that gunmen affiliated with them were engaged in clashes with the Israeli forces that stormed the Jenin refugee camp, a stronghold of activists where such intrusive raids are rare.

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At the entrances to the camp’s narrow alleyways, youths threw stones at IDF vehicles. There were sounds of gunfire and explosions from time to time as militants detonated improvised bombs.

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Jenin is one of the areas in the northern West Bank, where Israel has intensified its raids over the past year, after gunmen launched street attacks in Israeli cities. The violence has further clouded stalled Washington-sponsored talks aimed at establishing a state for the Palestinians.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health stated that the dead in Jenin were an elderly woman and eight men. No further details of their identities were immediately available.

An Islamic Jihad official told Reuters that the movement had contacted parties that had brokered previous truces with Israel to warn that the violence in Jenin could lead to an escalation elsewhere.

(Covering by Nidal Al-Maghrabi – Prepared by Yasmine Hussein and Rehab Alaa for the Arabic Bulletin – Edited by Duaa Muhammad)

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