‘Massacre’: Israel Army Kills 10 Including Elderly Woman in Jenin Raid

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Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the United Nations and all international human rights organisations to “intervene urgently to provide protection for Palestinian people and stop the bloodshed of children, youth and women.

OCCUPIED WEST BANK — The Israeli army killed 10 Palestinians including an elderly woman on Thursday in occupied West Bank reportedly targeting Jenin Public Hospital and preventing paramedics and ambulances to treat the victims.

The elderly woman was identified as Magda Obaid by the Jenin hospital authorities.

In the Jenin raid, which Palestinians have described as a “massacre”, at least 20 others were wounded with live ammunition. Four of them were in critical condition.

According to eye-witness reports, Israeli soldiers also fired tear gas canisters towards the hospital, affecting the children’s division causing suffocation injuries to children and others.

According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, nine of the Palestinians killed were in the Jenin refugee camp, after Israeli forces raided the area.

The other Palestinian, a 22-year-old man, was shot by Israeli forces in the town of al-Ram, north of Jerusalem.

“There is an invasion that is unprecedented … in terms of how large it is and the number of injuries,” Wissam Baker, head of Jenin public hospital, told Al Jazeera.

Hamas has announced a day of mourning calling on the international community to hold the ‘occupation criminals’ accountable for their crimes.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh in a statement called on the United Nations and all international human rights organisations to “intervene urgently to provide protection for Palestinian people and stop the bloodshed of children, youth and women”.

Meanwhile, Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade – an armed militia affiliated with the Palestinian political party Fatah – said the dead included one of its fighters, Izz al-Din Salahat.

According to the health ministry, another person, Saeb Azriqi, 24, succumbed to his injuries in a hospital.

It said the situation on the ground was very difficult, with injured people continuously reaching hospitals, as it accused Israeli forces of obstructing ambulances and medics.

Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority (PA), announced the authority would halt security coordination with Israel in the wake of the West Bank killings.

He also called for an International Criminal Court Investigation into Thursday’s killings.

Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry condemned the Israeli raid on Jenin and called on the international community to stop Israel’s escalating aggression, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared three days of national mourning in response to what his spokesman called a “massacre” happening “amidst international silence”.

Jenin Deputy Governor Kamal Abu al-Rub told AFP that residents were living in a “real state of war” and that Israeli forces were “destroying everything and shooting at everything that moves”.

United Nations Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland said he was “deeply alarmed and saddened” by the violence.

“Since the beginning of this year, we are continuing to witness high levels of violence and other negative trends that characterized 2022. It is crucial to reduce tensions immediately and prevent more loss of life,” he added.

At least 30 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces in the West Bank so far this year, including militants and civilians, as the military continues operations there.

Last year in the West Bank more than 150 Palestinians were killed, nearly all by Israeli forces. — Agencies

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Photo: An elderly Palestinian man mourns the death of a fellow Palestinian killed during an Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp, occupied West Bank, on Thursday. — AFP

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