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Israeli Army Kills 3 Palestinians in West Bank Raid

Israeli Army Kills 3 Palestinians in West Bank Raid

Thursday, 8 December, 2022 - 07:15
Palestinians inspect the house of a Palestinian after it was demolished by Israeli forces in Jenin in the Israeli-occupied West Bank September 6, 2022 REUTERS/Raneen Sawafta

Israeli forces killed three Palestinians on Thursday during a pre-dawn raid in the occupied West Bank, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The Israeli military said it was carrying out an arrest raid in the flashpoint city of Jenin in the northern West Bank when forces came under fire and then responded with live fire.

Jenin, and its adjacent refugee camp, are a stronghold for Palestinian militants and Israel has stepped up raids there in recent months.

The official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported that “confrontations and violent clashes” erupted between residents of Jenin and the Israeli forces.

The Palestinian Health Ministry identified the three men as Atta Shalabi, 46, Tarek al-Damj, 29, and Sedki Zakarneh, 29. It was not immediately clear if they were affiliated with a militant group.

Palestinian media shared footage showing an ambulance hit by Israeli gunshots in Jenin.

Palestinian factions in the city called for a general strike to mourn the dead and show solidarity with their families.

On Wednesday, Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian militant who opened fire at them near the West Bank settlement of Ofra.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, more than 210 Palestinians have been killed this year.

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