March 26, 2023
A Palestinian during clashes with Israeli troops, in Jenin, in the West Bank, January 26, 2023. RANEEN SAWAFTA / REUTERS

Nine Palestinians were killed and fifteen seriously injured on Thursday January 26 in the north of the occupied West Bank during a israeli raid during which tear gas was fired into the pediatric unit of a hospital, according to Palestinian sources.

The situation in the Jenin (Palestinian refugee) camp is criticalsaid Health Minister Mai al-Kaila in a statement.

Nine dead, sixteen injured

A total of nine people, includingan old womanwere killed in the raid and 16 others injured, four of whom are in serious condition, she added. Israeli forces havedeliberately fired tear gas grenadesin the pediatric ward of a hospital in Jenin,causing some children to asphyxiate“, said the Palestinian minister.

Asked by AFP about this statement, the Israeli army did not comment immediately. “Security forces carry out an operation in the Jenin refugee camp. Details will be provided later“, she said on Telegram.

“State of War”

According to the Red Cross, the evacuation of the many injured is difficult, said Minister Mai al-Kaila. This asked for the organization of aurgent meetingwith the International Committee of the Red Cross and the World Health Organization (WHO). Asked by AFP, these organizations did not comment.

The Israeli army destroys everything and shoots everything that movesJenin deputy governor Kamal Abu al-Roub told AFP, adding that residents “lived in a state of war“. “What is happening in Jenin and his camp is a massacre perpetrated by the Israeli occupation governmentsaid Nabil Abou Roudeina, spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Twenty-nine dead since January

Thursday’s deaths bring to 29 the number of Palestinians, civilians or members of armed groups, killed since the beginning of the year in violence with Israeli forces or civilians. On Wednesday, January 25, two young Palestinians, including a teenager, were shot dead by agents of the Israeli security forces, according to the Palestinian Authority. One was killed after trying to stab a soldier and the other during clashes with police, according to Israel.

The Israeli army, which has occupied the West Bank since 1967, carries out almost daily raids through this Palestinian territory, particularly in the north in the areas of Jenin and Nablus, strongholds of armed Palestinian factions. According to an AFP count, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has killed more than 200 Palestinians and claimed the lives of at least 26 Israelis in 2022.

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