The city of Jenin in the northern West Bank was the scene of heavy fighting Monday between Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, three Palestinians were killed during a raid, presented by the Israeli army as an operation aimed at arresting “wanted suspects”. .
Violent clashes erupted Monday, June 19 in Jenin during an Israeli incursion into this Palestinian city in the north of the occupied West Bank, where the army fired missiles from a helicopter, according to an AFP photographer on the spot.
According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, three Palestinians were killed during the raid, presented by the army as an operation aimed at arresting “wanted suspects”. “A very intense exchange of fire” took place between the Israeli forces and armed men on whom “army helicopters opened fire (…) in order to help in the extraction” of soldiers, indicates a military statement.
Earlier in the day, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian in Jenin, in the northern occupied West Bank, during an incursion that also injured 22, according to the Palestinian Authority.
The deputy governor of Jenin province, Kamal Abu al-Roub, told AFP that the Israeli army entered the Palestinian refugee camp in Jenin around 4 a.m. (0100 GMT), sparking clashes. violent with residents.
Stronghold of armed groups
The Health Ministry said one Palestinian was shot dead, not immediately identified, and 22 people were injured, most of them by gunshots.
Asked by AFP, the Israeli army, which has occupied the West Bank since 1967, did not comment on this information immediately.
A stronghold of Palestinian armed groups, the northern West Bank is the scene of often deadly clashes between Palestinians and the Israeli forces who carry out frequent incursions there.
Since the beginning of the year, at least 160 Palestinians, 21 Israelis, a Ukrainian and an Italian have been killed in violence linked to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, according to an AFP tally compiled from official Israeli and Palestinian sources .
These statistics include, on the Palestinian side, combatants and civilians, including minors, and on the Israeli side, mostly civilians, including minors, and three members of the Arab minority.
Source: France 24