Israeli forces clash with Palestinian gunmen in Jenin, killing nine, marking the West Bank’s deadliest day in a year



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Israeli forces killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, and injured several others during a raid on rioters. West Bank The city and the refugee camp Genin Thursday, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

According to CNN’s records, Thursday was the deadliest day for Palestinians in the West Bank. The Palestinian Ministry of Health said it has raised the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces to 29 this year. That number includes fighters targeted in Israeli strikes, people who hit Israelis and bystanders, CNN reported.

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

“Islamic Jihad terrorist operatives have been heavily involved in the execution and planning of several major terrorist attacks, including shooting attacks on IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians,” said a joint statement by the Israel Defense Forces, the Israel Defense Agency and the Border Police.

Two armed suspects were “neutralized” while fleeing and a third was neutralized at the scene, the statement said. Another suspect surrendered, they said.

Israeli forces reported no injuries on their side, but said they were aware of “claims of additional casualties during the gunfight” and were investigating.

Family members of one of the Palestinians killed during an Israeli attack mourn his death during his funeral in Jenin on January 26, 2023.
Palestinians survey the damage following an Israeli attack in Jenin on January 26, 2023.

The Palestinian Red Cross (PRC) said Israeli forces initially prevented medics from entering the Jenin camp and made it difficult to reach injured people, four of whom were in critical condition.

The PRC said Israeli forces fired tear gas at Jenin’s government hospital, causing children to suffer inhalation injuries.

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

Last year It was very deadly For Palestinians in the West Bank and Israelis over nearly two decades, a CNN analysis of official statistics on both sides showed.

“Fighting terrorism is a complex task,” Israel’s top military official told CNN in the wake of Thursday’s deadly Israeli attack. Herzi Halevi, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) chief of staff, was speaking with CNN’s Hadas Gold shortly after the raid.

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

“We went into Jenin during the day,” the spokesman said, adding that the decision to operate during the day rather than overnight, as the IDF usually does, showed how “urgent” the task was.

When the forces arrived at the targeted building they “came under heavy fire and opened fire.”

The suspects were barricaded inside a house when the IDF arrived, “so additional forces used an anti-tank shoulder-fired missile.”

“We know that a woman in her sixties was killed during the operation. “We still don’t know who is responsible, who fired and where,” the spokesperson added.

Following the attack, the Defense Ministry said Israel was increasing its defenses against Palestinian terror attacks.

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