Israeli forces kill nine in Jenin clashes with Palestinian gunmen, in the bloodiest day in the West Bank in over a year


Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, and wounded several others during a raid in the volatile area. West Bank City and refugee camp Embryo The Palestinian Ministry of Health said on Thursday.

According to CNN records, the death toll makes Thursday the deadliest day for Palestinians in the West Bank in more than a year. This brings the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces this year to 29, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. CNN reports showed that this outcome includes targeting militants in Israeli raids, individuals who attacked Israelis, and bystanders.

Israeli security forces said they were operating in Jenin on Thursday to apprehend a “terror cell belonging to the Islamic Jihad terror organization,” and said in a statement that they had killed three “terrorists.”

“Terrorist Islamic Jihad operatives are deeply involved in carrying out and planning several major terrorist attacks, including shooting attacks on IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians,” said the joint statement issued by the IDF, the Israel Security Agency and the Border Police.

The statement said that two of the suspected militants were “neutralised” on the run and that a third was neutralized at the scene. They said another suspect surrendered.

Israeli forces reported no casualties on their side, but said they were aware of “allegations of additional casualties during the exchange of fire” and were investigating.

Relatives of one of the Palestinian people who was killed during the Israeli raid on January 26, 2023, mourning his martyrdom during his funeral in Jenin.

Palestinians inspect the damage following an Israeli strike in Jenin on January 26, 2023.

The PRCS said that Israeli forces initially prevented medics from entering the Jenin camp, making it difficult to reach the wounded, four of whom were in critical condition.

The People’s Republic of China said that Israeli forces also fired tear gas canisters towards Jenin Governmental Hospital, causing inhalation injuries among children.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh called on the United Nations and international human rights organizations to “intervene urgently to provide protection… and stop the bloodshed of children, youth and women.”

last year It was the deadliest For Palestinians in the West Bank and for Israelis in nearly two decades, CNN’s analysis of official statistics has shown both sides.

A senior Israeli military officer told CNN that “fighting terrorism is a complex task” in the aftermath of Thursday’s deadly Israeli raid. Herzi Halevy, the IDF chief of staff, was speaking to CNN’s Hadas Gold shortly after the raid, and before he was fully briefed.

An IDF spokesperson later told CNN that the military was responding to intelligence about an imminent attack.

“We went to Jenin in broad daylight,” the spokesman said, stressing that the decision to act in broad daylight and not overnight, as the Israeli army usually does, shows the “urgency” of the mission.

When the forces reached the target building, “they came under heavy fire and returned fire.”

The suspects were holed up in a house when the IDF arrived, “In addition, the forces used a shoulder-fired anti-tank missile.”

“We are aware of reports that, to our sadness, a woman in her sixties was killed during the operation. The spokesman added, “We do not yet know who to pin the responsibility on, who fired the shots and where it was.”

The Israeli Ministry of Defense said that Israel is increasing its defensive stance against attacks by Palestinian militants in the aftermath of the raid.

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