Three Palestinians were killed Tuesday in clashes with the Israeli army in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, according to Palestinian representatives. Separately, another Palestinian was killed by Israeli soldiers near the Gaza-Israel border.
Three Palestinians were killed on Tuesday September 19 in Jenin by Israeli fire, announced the Palestinian Ministry of Health, the Israeli army having announced for its part that it had carried out an operation in the refugee camp of this city in the northern West Bank. .
Around 30 people were injured, the ministry added in a statement. The army for its part indicated that a military drone had “struck”, without further details, in the Jenin camp.
According to a statement published by his services, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant considered that the military raid in Jenin was part of “necessary measures to prevent terrorist activities”.
“The situation is not clear. There are sounds of explosions and gunfire and we cannot move around,” Mahmoud Sadi, director of the Palestinian Red Crescent in Jenin, said earlier, contacted by telephone by a AFP journalist.
Reached by telephone around 9:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. GMT), Jenin’s interim governor, Kamal Abou Rob, told AFP that the Israeli army had withdrawn after “targeting a house” recently used for shelter a Palestinian wanted by Israeli security services.
The Israeli army, for its part, claimed to have reacted “to shots against its forces with live fire” during an “anti-terrorist operation in the Jenin camp”.
In July, the Israeli army carried out a major operation in Jenin, a stronghold of Palestinian armed groups, during which thirteen Palestinians and a soldier were killed.
Since the start of the year, the northern West Bank has been the scene of repeated Palestinian attacks against Israelis as well as recurring violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinians. Jenin and the refugee camp have been targeted several times by Israeli operations.
In the Gaza Strip, a Palestinian was also killed Tuesday by fire from Israeli soldiers near the barrier separating Israel from this Palestinian territory under the control of the Islamist movement Hamas, according to local authorities.
The Israeli army for its part reported “hundreds of rioters” on the Palestinian side of the fence and declared having used “riot control means and snipers” to disperse them, according to a press release.
Furthermore, the Erez crossing point, between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which was to reopen Monday morning, remained closed on Tuesday, after a succession of clashes in recent days between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers stationed on the other side. of the barrier erected by Israel around the Gaza Strip.
Tuesday evening, Palestinian presidential spokesperson Nabil Abou Roudeina condemned the continuation of Israeli “aggression”.
These incidents occur against a backdrop of an outbreak of violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the start of the year, particularly in the West Bank, a Palestinian territory occupied by Israel since 1967.
At least 236 Palestinians have been killed since January 1, as well as 28 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian, according to an AFP count established from official sources. These statistics include, on the Palestinian side, combatants and civilians including minors, and on the Israeli side, the majority of civilians including minors, and three members of the Arab minority.
Source: France 24