Israel army kills nine Palestinians27 January 2023
Israeli military vehicles are seen during clashes with Palestinians during a raid in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Thursday. Agency photo
News Desk :
Israeli troops have killed at least nine Palestinians in one of the deadliest days in the occupied West Bank since Israeli raids intensified at the start of last year.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health said 20 others were wounded with live ammunition in the raid on the Jenin refugee camp on Thursday, which Palestinians have described a "massacre". Four of them were in critical condition.
The dead included an elderly woman, according to Palestinian officials. She was identified as Magda Obaid by the Jenin hospital authorities.
Israeli forces, who withdrew from Jenin after the killings, said they were looking into reports of the woman's death.
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 bullet injuries in a hospital.
They said the situation on the ground was very difficult, with injured people continuously reaching hospitals, as they accused Israeli forces of obstructing ambulances and medics.
The ministry announced a protest by medics around noon (10:00 GMT) in front of Ramallah hospital against Israeli assaults on hospitals and ambulance crews in Jenin. "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.
"The ambulance driver tried to get to one of the martyrs who was on the floor, but the Israeli forces shot directly at the ambulance and prevented them from approaching him," Baker continued.
Israeli forces also fired tear gas canisters towards the hospital, affecting the children's division, Baker said. It caused suffocation injuries to children and others, he said.