Israeli forces killed a minimum of 9 Palestinians, together with a 60-year-old lady, and wounded a number of others throughout a raid in a flashpoint space of the occupied West Financial institution on Thursday, Palestinian well being officers stated, in one of many deadliest days in months of unrest.
The violence occurred throughout what Palestinian well being officers described as a fierce operation within the Jenin refugee camp, a militant stronghold of the West Financial institution that has been a spotlight of almost a yr of Israeli arrest raids.
The Israeli navy stated forces had been working within the space however didn’t instantly present every other particulars. Israeli media reported troops got here underneath hearth in the course of the raid. At the least one of many lifeless was recognized as a militant.
Palestinian Well being Minister Could Al-Kaila stated paramedics had been struggling to achieve the wounded amid the preventing. She additionally accused the navy of firing tear gasoline on the pediatric ward of a hospital, inflicting youngsters to choke. The navy had no speedy remark.
Jenin hospital recognized the girl killed as Magda Obaid. The Palestinian Well being Ministry earlier recognized one other one of many lifeless as Saeb Azriqi, 24, who was dropped at a hospital in important situation after being shot, and died from his wounds. And the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade — an armed militia affiliated with Fatah, the secular political get together that controls the Palestinian Authority, claimed one of many lifeless, Izz al-Din Salahat, as a fighter. The ministry stated a minimum of 16 individuals had been wounded.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, condemned the violence, calling on the worldwide group to talk out towards it.
Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have soared since Israel launched the raids final spring, following a spate of Palestinian assaults that killed 19 individuals, whereas one other spherical of assaults later within the yr introduced the loss of life toll to 30.
Thursday’s violence brings the variety of Palestinians killed this yr to 29. Almost 150 Palestinians had been killed final yr, making 2022 the deadliest since 2004, based on the Israeli rights group B’Tselem.
Israel says a lot of the lifeless had been militants. However youths protesting the incursions and others not concerned within the confrontations have additionally been killed.
Israel says the raids are supposed to dismantle militant networks and thwart future assaults. The Palestinians say they additional entrench Israel’s 55-year, open-ended occupation of lands they search for his or her future state.
Israel captured the West Financial institution, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip within the 1967 Mideast warfare, territories the Palestinians declare for his or her hoped-for state.