Israeli Forces Kill Six Palestinians, Injure 26, in Jenin

12:00 Mar 7 2023 Jenin (جنين) and Jenin refugee camp ( مخيّم جنين )

Scene. Published by IMEMC News

Mohammad Wael Ghazzawi, 26, Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Natour, 27, Ziyad Amin Al-Zar’ini, 29, Abdel-Fattah Hussein Kharousha, 49, Mutasem Nasser Sabbagh, 22, and Muhammad Ahmed Salim Khallouf, 22, killed by Israeli forces 3/7/2023. [Photos are not necessarily in order listed- PalMap] Published by IMEMC News

Israeli army vehicles move along a road during a raid in the Jenin camp for Palestinian refugees in the occupied West Bank on Tuesday. Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP Published by Haaretz

Abdul Fattah Hussein Khrousheh, the suspected killer of 21-year-old Hallel and 19-year-old Yagel Yaniv, who was killed by Israeli troops in Jenin on Tuesday. Published by Haaretz

Mourners carry the bodies of Palestinians who were killed by Israeli troops during a raid in Jenin on Tuesday. Credit: AMMAR AWAD/ REUTERS
Published by Haaretz

by IMEMC News
March 7, 2023

Israeli troops launched another massive invasion of the northern West Bank Palestinian city of Jenin, as well as invading the Jenin refugee camp on the outskirts of the city, on Tuesday.

The soldiers killed six Palestinian men, ranging in age from 22 – 49 years old. Those killed by the invading Israeli forces were identified as Mohammad Wael Ghazzawi (26 years) from Jenin camp, Tariq Ziyad Mustafa Natour (27 years) from Jenin, Ziyad Amin Al-Zar’ini (29 years) from Jenin, and Abdel-Fattah Hussein Kharousha (49 years) from the Askar camp in Nablus, Mutasem Nasser Sabbagh (22 years) from the Jenin camp, and Muhammad Ahmed Salim Khallouf (22 years) from the town of Burqin in the Jenin governorate.

In addition, 26 Palestinian civilians were wounded by Israeli forces, who shot live ammunition towards crowds of demonstrators who were throwing stones at the invading soldiers. Three of those wounded had injuries that were described as critical.

According to the Palestinian Wafa News Agency, Israeli forces fired at least one missile toward a building in Jenin refugee camp, and columns of smoke were seen rising from the building. In addition, the Israeli military deployed dozens of snipers on the roofs of commercial and residential buildings in Jenin and Jenin refugee camp, firing at Palestinians on the ground.

This is the third such invasion targeting Palestinians in the northern West Bank in the past three months. On the twenty-second of February, Israeli occupation forces committed a massacre in the city of Nablus, which resulted in the death of 11 Palestinians, including a child and 3 elders, and the injury of more than 102 others.

And on the 26th of January, the Israeli occupation forces committed a massacre in the city of Jenin and the Jenin refugee camp, during which 9 Palestinians were killed, including an elderly woman, and 20 Palestinians were injured.

The Palestinian Liberation Movement, Fatah, issued a statement condemning what they termed another Israeli massacre in Jenin. They stated that this attack only affirms their steadfast commitment to ending the Israeli military occupation of Palestine, and to establishing a Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital. The statement mourned the deaths of the men killed in Jenin Tuesday, and called for an escalation of resistance against the Israeli occupation, its army and its paramilitary settlers.

The movement stated that this barbaric aggression reflects the bloody approach of the beleaguered occupation government, which seeks, through the shedding of the blood of the Palestinian people, to export its internal crises, stressing that the Israeli occupation and its paramilitary settlers will be held accountable for their continuous crimes against the Palestinian people.

The reference to Israel’s ‘internal crises’ refers to the fact that the current Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is under indictment for corruption, and protesters have called for his resignation.

Six Palestinians Killed in Israeli Army Raid in Jenin, Including Hawara Terrorist

At the same time as the deadly raid, Israel also conducted an operation in a refugee camp near the West Bank city of Nablus ■ Two counter-terror unit police officers were wounded in the operation ■ Jenin governor: If there were agreements in Aqaba summit to deescalate tensions, they remained in Aqaba

by Jack Khoury, Yaniv Kubovich and Ben Samuels
Mar 7, 2023

At least six Palestinians were killed and 26 were wounded, three of them seriously, during a raid carried out by Israeli forces in Jenin on Tuesday, in an attempt to capture the terrorist who killed two Israelis in late February.

According to the IDF and Palestinian sources, one of the dead is 49-year-old Hamas operative Abdul Fattah Hussein Khrousheh – the suspected murderer of 21-year-old Hallel and 19-year-old Yagel Yaniv in the West Bank town of Hawara on February 26.

Two Israeli counter-terror unit police officers were wounded in the operation, one lightly and another moderately, the Border Police spokesperson said.

Another Israeli military operation is happening concurrently in the Askar refugee camp near Nablus. According to the IDF spokesperson, the two sons of Khrousheh – Khaled and Mahmad Khrousheh – were arrested during the operation, for suspicion of helping their father prepare and carry out the attack.

Following the reported killing of Khrousheh, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a statement praising the Israeli forces who took part in the operation. "Our brave soldiers operated with surgical precision in the heart of the murderers' den. I praise them and send well wishes to those wounded among our forces," the PM's statement read.

The parents of Hallel and Yagel Yaniv also responded to the news, praising the Israeli forces and saying that they have been "relieved" to hear that the assailant was "assassinated rather than arrested."

Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesperson of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, called Israel's actions in Jenin a "heinous crime [which] proves that the Israeli government intentionally sets out to derail efforts to achieve calm and stability," and called on the U.S. to take immediate action to stop Israel's "aggression."

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said that the U.S. understands that the IDF was "pursuing a terrorist who murdered two Israeli civilians in what can only be described as a horrific attack late last month on February 26."

Price stressed that the U.S. believes that Israel "has the legitimate right to defend its people and its territory against all forms of aggression, including, of course, those from terrorist groups," and he urged the parties to take immediate steps to prevent the further loss of life.

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the raid and stressing the need to stop the escalation of the Israeli aggression against Palestinians and to protect the two-state solution.

Jenin Governor Akram Rajoub told radio al-Shams that the Israeli operation in Jenin proves that there aren't any understandings or agreements to calm the tensions, adding that if there were any agreements in Aqaba "then they stayed in Aqaba," referring to last week's meeting between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Jordan.

"I, as a governor, don't know anything about understandings or reliefs. What Israel did today is a continuation of its crimes that will only escalate tensions," he said.

A few hours after the two brothers were killed in Hawara last month, a large group of settlers entered Hawara, killing one Palestinian, injuring dozens and setting dozens of cars and houses in the village on fire.

Reuters contributed to this report.
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