Israel raid in Jenin enters second day after 8 Palestinians killed

AFP , Ahram Online , Wednesday 22 May 2024

An Israeli raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin stretched into a second day on Wednesday, after eight Palestinians were killed the previous day.

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Vehicles were damaged during an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank on May 2024. AFP


Explosions and gunfire were heard from inside the adjacent Jenin refugee camp, the AFP correspondent said.

The Palestinian health ministry in Ramallah said Israeli troops had killed eight people and wounded nearly 20 during the raid, which began on Tuesday morning.

An AFP correspondent saw four bodies at Jenin's Khalil Suleiman government hospital morgue.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa and medical charity Doctors Without Borders reported that surgeon Usaeed Jabareen, from the government hospital, was among those killed.

A schoolteacher and a student were also among the dead, Wafa reported, quoting hospital director Wissam Bakr.

The director of the Khalil Suleiman Hospital, Wissam Bakr, said that there is an acute water shortage after the water line connecting to the hospital was destroyed, while the Israeli occupation forces continued to fire at its entrance, according to Wafa.

Jenin Governmental Hospital also is still besieged, with Israeli snipers deployed in places close to the hospital, causing a major shortage of medical supplies, sources confirmed.

The streets near the camp were deserted on Wednesday morning, except for Israeli army vehicles.

Drones buzzed overhead and sporadic gunfire rang out.

Palestinian resistance group Hamas called the raid a "massacre" and deemed it "conclusive evidence of the criminal mentality that rules the occupying state and its ideological belief in killing our people".

The office of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas condemned the raid, saying in a statement on Wafa that Israel was "killing innocent people, doctors, and destroying the infrastructure of Palestinian hospitals, cities, and villages".

At least 513 Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank by Israeli troops or settlers since the Gaza war broke out in October, according to Palestinian officials.


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