Five Palestinians Killed In Israeli Military Raid In Jenin
On June 19, 2023, a deadly raid by Israeli forces took place in the Jenin refugee camp, located in the West Bank. Five Palestinians killed in Israeli military raid in Jeninand several others left injured. The incident has further heightened tensions in the region and sparked international concern.
The Jenin refugee camp is situated near the city of Jenin in the northern part of the occupied West Bank. Established in 1953, the camp is home to thousands of Palestinian refugees and their descendants, displaced during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The camp has been a site of recurrent conflicts between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants over the years.
Israeli forces conducted a pre-dawn raid in the Jenin refugee camp and Five Palestinians killed in Israeli military raid in Jenin leaving 91 people injured. The operation involved a large number of Israeli soldiers, accompanied by armored vehicles and helicopters. The objective of the raid was to apprehend individuals suspected of involvement in militant activities and to seize illegal weapons.
During the raid, intense clashes broke out between the Israeli forces and Palestinian residents. Eyewitnesses reported heavy gunfire, explosions, and the extensive use of tear gas by the Israeli forces. The residents responded by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails.
Tragically, five Palestinians were killed in the exchange of fire. The identities of the victims have not been released at the time of reporting. Several others sustained injuries, including both civilians and members of the Israeli forces. The injured were immediately transported to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.
A infant was among the Palestinian fatalities. The victims were identified as Ahmed Saqr, 15, Khaled Darwish, 21, Qassam Sariya, 19, Qassam Faisal Abu Sirriya, 29, and Ahmed Daraghmeh by the Palestinian Ministry of Health. It is estimated that at least 22 injured Palestinians are in critical condition.
Al Jazeera's Nida Ibrahim reported from the occupied West Bank that Israeli military forces withdrew from the camp after several hours.
At the cemetery in the camp, where funerals were taking place, Nida Ibrahim said:
Relatives and friends are coming to pay their respects and to show solidarity with the families, to show sadness, to show anger. Some are reciting some prayers; others are just soaking in the sadness.- Nida Ibrahim
The Israeli military stated that the raid was carried out as part of their efforts to maintain security in the West Bank and prevent potential attacks. They claimed to have specifically targeted individuals involved in planning and perpetrating acts of violence against Israeli civilians and security forces.
The raid in the Jenin refugee camp has attracted international attention and condemnation. Palestinian officials, including the Palestinian Authority, denounced the operation as an excessive use of force and a violation of human rights. They called for an immediate investigation into the incident and demanded accountability for the deaths of the Palestinians.
International bodies and human rights organizations expressed concern over the escalation of violence and the loss of civilian lives. Calls were made for restraint and dialogue to prevent further bloodshed and to address the underlying issues contributing to the conflict.
Five Palestinians killed in Israeli military raid in Jenin. The incident has once again highlighted the volatile situation in the West Bank and the ongoing tensions between Israeli forces and Palestinian residents. As international pressure mounts, there is a renewed urgency to find a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and address the root causes of the violence.