Israeli forces kill four Palestinians in latest Jenin raid

Al-Jazeera  /  March 16, 2023

Israel has now killed 83 Palestinians so far this year as it steps up raids in the occupied West Bank.

An Israeli army raid has killed at least four Palestinians, including a teenager, in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian officials say.

Thursday’s raid – the latest since Israel intensified such operations in the West Bank last year – was carried out by undercover Israeli forces “who broke into downtown Jenin”, the Palestinian state news agency WAFA quoted the Ministry of Health as saying.

The ministry identified three of the dead as Youssef Shreem, 29; Nidal Khazim, 28; and Omar Awadin, 16. The identity of the fourth person was not immediately known.

The Israeli army said its security forces operated “in the Jenin refugee camp”.

Jenin is among the areas in the northern West Bank where Israel has intensified raids over the past year in an attempt to crack down on growing armed Palestinian resistance.

Amateur video taken by people in Jenin appeared to show a crowd of Palestinians surrounding a car that people suspected carried undercover Israeli forces. Another clip appeared to show Israeli military vehicles towing the car away.

The raid came a day after the Palestinian Authority had said that it would participate in a security meeting with Israel in Egypt’s Red Sea resort city of Sharm al-Sheikh on March 19. The meeting will also include representatives from Egypt, Jordan and the United States.

Political analyst Nour Odeh said the Palestinian leadership should not attend the meeting as the Palestinian public opinion is “resoundingly against” it.

“The Palestinian leadership should turn inwards, represent the will of its people and work on the Palestinian rift instead of working with an Israeli government,” Odeh told Al-Jazeera from Ramallah.

Odeh said the Israeli government does not recognize the Palestinian people.

“The agenda of this [Israeli] government is to be more brutal towards Palestinian people, to completely decimate their agenda for statehood and freedom and to prevent that by mass ethnic cleansing, by dispossession, demolishing homes, forbidding Palestinian construction in the West Bank.”

Thursday’s deaths bring the number of Palestinians killed since the start of the year to 83 as Israel has stepped up arrest raids in response to a series of attacks last spring.

Palestinian attacks against Israelis have killed 14 people in 2023.

Last week, Israeli forces killed three Palestinians in a raid in Jenin, less than 48 hours after six others were killed in another raid in the city. In January, Israeli soldiers killed nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, during a large-scale raid on the Jenin refugee camp.

More than 170 Palestinians were killed in Israeli raids in 2022, many of them civilians.



West Bank: Four Palestinians killed in Israeli raid on Jenin MEE Staff
Middle East Eye  /  March 16, 2023

Sixteen-year-old Omar Muhammad Awadin was amongst those killed in a raid on West Bank city.

Four Palestinians were killed in an Israeli raid on Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, including a teenage boy, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Among those killed was 16-year-old Omar Muhammad Awadin, as well as Youssef Saleh Barakat Shreim, Nidal Amin Zaidan Khazem, and  Louay Khalil al-Zughair.

Eighteen people with gunshot wounds were also hospitalized, four of them in serious condition, said the ministry.

The Israeli army acknowledged that “security forces are currently operating in the Jenin refugee camp”. 

Tensions have been high in Israel and Palestine in recent months as Israeli attacks in the West Bank intensify, and Palestinian resistance grows.

Thursday’s shootings bring the number of Palestinians killed by Israelis this year to at least 85, including 16 children.

It’s the bloodiest start to a year since 2000, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Palestinian have killed at least 13 Israelis this year.

Fears are growing that there could be a wider outbreak of violence in April when Passover, Easter, and Ramadan all overlap.