At least 12 Palestinians killed in two-day Israeli raid on West Bank

AFP , Thursday 23 May 2024

A two-day Israeli raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin killed at least 12 Palestinians, health authorities and an AFP correspondent said Thursday.

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A Palestinian girl looks out of the window of a shrapnel-pocked building in Jenin in the aftermath of a raid by Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank city on May 23, 2024. AFP


Israeli troops withdrew from the city early Thursday, the correspondent said, after carrying out raids in the city's refugee camp and exchanging fire in a nearby neighbourhood in the city centre.

The Palestinian health ministry in Ramallah said Israeli forces killed 12 people including four children, and wounded 25 during the raid which began on Tuesday morning.

The Palestinian news agency Wafa and medical charity Doctors Without Borders reported that surgeon Usaeed Jabareen, from Jenin's Khalil Suleiman government hospital, was among those killed on Tuesday.

An AFP correspondent on Thursday saw five bodies at the hospital morgue, including Jabareen's.

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

Several of the bodies were draped in flags and carried among crowds of Palestinians through the streets as gunfire rang out.

Both Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Palestinian resistance group Hamas condemned the raid.

Jenin and the adjacent refugee camp have long been the target of Israeli army raids since the West Bank was occupied by Israel in 1967.

The West Bank, under Israeli occupation, has seen a surge in violence against Palestinians for more than a year, but especially so since the Israeli war on Gaza erupted on October 7.

At least 518 Palestinians have been killed in the territory by Israeli troops or terrorist settlers since the Gaza war broke out.

Attacks by Palestinians have killed at least 12 Israelis in the West Bank over the same period, according to an AFP tally of Israeli official figures.

Israel's seven-month war on Gaza has killed at least 35,709 Palestinians, mostly women and children, according to the Gaza health ministry.

*This story was edited by Ahram Online.

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