Twenty different individuals have been injured, 4 others significantly, within the violence on the Jenin refugee camp, in keeping with the Palestinian Well being Ministry update posted on Fb.
“The situation in Jenin camp is very critical,” Well being Minister Mai al-Kaila mentioned in a separate statement, including that Israeli forces had prevented ambulances from reaching the injured. She additionally mentioned that Israeli forces had “deliberately” fired tear gasoline at a pediatric ward of a hospital.
The Israeli navy later said its forces had carried out a raid towards members of Islamic Jihad who had been “heavily involved” in planning and finishing up assaults towards Israelis, but it surely accused the militants of opening fireplace first. It mentioned six “terrorists” had been killed, whereas one other surrendered, including that experiences of different casualties had been being “looked into.”
Photographs from the camp appeared to indicate intensive injury to buildings and numerous automobiles.
Saleem Awaad, a 27-year-old resident of the camp mentioned at first “three undercover cars entered the center of the camp, and there was a clash between them and the resistance fighters,” which escalated into “intense fighting” between Israeli forces and militants finally involving dozens of navy automobiles, together with three bulldozers.
The president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, described Thursday’s occasions as a “massacre” and introduced three days of mourning.
Camp resident Mohammed Shabi, 56, mentioned the home that was the principle goal of the assault was surrounded and blown up.
“They were shooting at anything that moved. They destroyed roads and cars, even water tanks,” he mentioned, describing it because the worst combating in 20 years. “The size of the destruction reminds me of 2002 when the occupation forces destroyed the Jenin camp.”
There have been nearly each day Israeli operations on targets within the West Financial institution, however the scale of Thursday’s battle and the variety of fatalities had been uncommon.
On Wednesday, the Israeli navy shot lifeless two Palestinians in separate incidents, together with a person it mentioned had tried to stab troopers, and a 17-year-old who was shot whereas holding a dummy weapon, according to Reuters.
In response to figures from the United Nations, 151 Palestinians had been killed within the West Financial institution final yr — the highest figure for the reason that U.N. started maintaining systematic data in 2005. They embrace U.S. citizen and Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was shot whereas masking one other raid on the refugee camp in Jenin on Might 11.
The newest violence comes weeks after Benjamin Netanyahu as soon as once more turned Israel’s prime minister, with the most right-wing cabinet within the nation’s historical past, and days earlier than Secretary of State Antony Blinken is expected to travel to fulfill Israeli and Palestinian officers.
The brand new Israeli authorities has introduced plans to prioritize the expansion of settlements within the West Financial institution and already taken numerous punitive measures towards Palestinians, together with revoking the VIP travel permits of ministers, in response to a bid for the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice to rule on the legality of Israeli insurance policies.
Bisset reported from London.