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Updated: “Army Kills Five Palestinians, Injures 100, 23 Seriously, In Jenin”

06:00 Jun 19 2023 Jenin (جنين)

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Ahmad Khaled Daraghma, 19. Published by IMEMC News

Smoke billows from the aftermath of the detonation of a Palestinian explosive charge on an Israeli armored vehicle during an Israeli army raid in Jenin on Monday. Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH - AFP Published by Haaretz

Smoke from burning tires billows during an Israeli army raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Monday. Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH - AFP Published by Haaretz

An Israeli Air Force AH-64 Apache attack helicopter releases a payload during an Israeli army raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Monday. Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH / AFP Published by Haaretz

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by IMEMC News
June 19, 2023

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that Israeli soldiers have killed five Palestinians, including a child, and injured at least 100, including 23 who suffered life-threatening wounds, in Jenin and the Jenin refugee camp, in the northern part of the occupied West Bank.

The Health Ministry said the soldiers killed, in Jenin, Ahmad Khaled Daraghma, 19, from Tubas, in the northeastern West Bank.

The Palestinians who were killed by the army earlier Monday have been identified as Ahmad Yousef Saqer, 15, Khaled Azzam Asa’sa, 21, Qassam Faisal Abu Seriyya, 29, and Qais Majdi Adel Jabarin, 21,

The Health Ministry added that the soldiers injured at least 100 Palestinians, including 23 who suffered critical wounds.

At least 63 wounded Palestinians, including ten who suffered serious wounds, were transferred to Ar-Razi Hospital, and 27, including twelve seriously wounded Palestinians, were rushed to Ibn Sina Hospital.

One of the wounded is a young woman shot with a live round in the head before being rushed to Ar-Razi hospital in Jenin.

The Israeli army targeted many journalists with live fire, while military sharpshooters’ gunfire pinned several reporters on a rooftop of an under-construction building.

The Israeli army said seven soldiers were injured, one seriously, when Palestinian fighters detonated an explosive device weighing more than 40 kilograms near their armored military vehicles and added that the explosion caused serious damage to the vehicle, although it was armored.

It also said that the fighters managed to cause damage to six other military vehicles after detonating explosive charges near them.

The army took over nine hours to retrieve its damaged vehicles due to the heavy fire exchange with Palestinian resistance fighters.

Earlier in the invasion, The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said Israeli military vehicles rammed one of its ambulances while transporting wounded Palestinians to the hospital and added that the soldiers shot a journalist, Hazem Nasser, with a live round in the abdomen. It also said that the soldiers continued to fire toward him until he reached an ambulance on foot.

Updated: Israeli Soldiers Kill Four Palestinians, Including A Child, Injure 45, Six Seriously,In Jenin
Jun 19, 2023, at 13:12

Earlier Monday, dozens of armored military vehicles and several military helicopters initiated a massive invasion of Jenin city and Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank, killing four Palestinians, including one child, and injuring more than 45, some seriously.

Update – The Palestinian Health Ministry said the soldiers killed Qais Majdi Adel Jabarin, 21, in Jenin.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) said Israeli military vehicles rammed one of its ambulances while transporting wounded Palestinians to the hospital and added that the soldiers shot a journalist, Hazem Nasser, with a live round in the abdomen. It also said that the soldiers continued to fire toward him until he reached an ambulance on foot.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that the soldiers killed Ahmad Yousef Saqer, 15, Khaled Azzam Asa’sa, 21, and Qassam Faisal Abu Seriyya, 29.

The Health Ministry added that the soldiers injured at least 45 Palestinians, including ten who suffered life-threatening wounds; thirteen of the wounded Palestinians were shot with live fire.

It stated that nineteen Palestinians were rushed to Jenin governmental hospital, including a girl who suffered a serious gunshot wound to her head, and stated that one seriously injured Palestinian was rushed to the neurology department at the Ar-Razi hospital for urgent surgery, and seventeen to the Ibn Sina Specialized Hospital, including three who suffered serious wounds to the head, neck, and chest.

The invasion was first started by undercover Israeli soldiers, followed by dozens of armored military vehicles and military helicopters.

The soldiers also invaded and ransacked many homes, deployed sharpshooters on rooftops, and fired dozens of live rounds, gas bombs, and concussion grenades.

The Israeli army used military choppers to fire missiles at Palestinian fighters who exchanged fire with the invading soldiers in several parts of Jenin and detonated explosive charges, damaging at least two armored military vehicles.

The army also fired many live rounds at Palestinian ambulances trying to reach wounded Palestinians; the number of casualties could be larger than reported as the medics are still trying to enter the invaded areas but are attacked by the army.

The Israeli army said five soldiers were injured when their armored vehicle struck a bomb hidden on the road shortly after the soldiers exchanged fire with Palestinian resistance fighters before they were airlifted by a military helicopter.

The army added that the soldiers were extracting undercover Border Police forces that infiltrated Jenin to arrest wanted Palestinian fighters and arrested two Palestinians, identified as Assem Abu Al-Haija and Mos’ab Hasan Al-Barmaki.

Updated First on Jun 19, 2023, at 12:54
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7 Israeli Soldiers Wounded, 5 Palestinians Killed in Clashes in Jenin; Army Gunship Helicopter Opens Fire

Seven Israeli soldiers wounded after forces entered Jenin to arrest terror suspects ■ IDF forces targeted by IEDs, army helicopters opened fire to evacuate troops for first time since second intifada ■ Ramallah reports 91 Palestinians wounded, including a 15-year-old girl in critical condition

by Jack Khoury, Josh Breiner, and Yaniv Kubovich for Haaretz
Jun 19, 2023 8:20 am IDT
Updated: Jun 19, 20234:24 pm IDT

Heavy clashes erupted as Israeli security forces raided the West Bank city of Jenin on Monday and exchanged fire with Palestinian militants.

Seven Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Border Police officers were reported wounded. Additionally, five Palestinians were killed – including a 15-year-old – and 91 wounded, including 23 in critical or serious condition, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Several of the Israeli casualties were wounded by an explosive device that had targeted a vehicle which was heading out of the city. Israeli air force helicopters which were deployed to the area transported the wounded to the Haifa-based Rambam Health Care Campus, Haemek Hospital in Afula, and Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.

A combat helicopter had fired on the area in order to allow the evacuation to take place, an unusual occurrence in West Bank operations. The Israeli army added that the helicopter was subsequently hit by gunfire, but remained functional and was able to land properly.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that 17 of those wounded were in critical condition. Additionally, a 15-year-old girl – who was at her home when she was struck by gunfire, according to local residents – and a photojournalist documenting the clashes were among those hurt in the raid.

According to the Israeli military, troops had entered Jenin to arrest two suspects, including the son of a senior Hamas official in the West Bank, Jamal Abu al-Hija, who is imprisoned in Israel. After the suspects were arrested, a roadside bomb targeted Israeli military vehicles, disabling one and prompting army helicopters to open fire in order to evacuate the Israeli forces.

Haaretz confirmed that Monday's deployment of helicopter gunships to the West Bank was the first time they had been sent there since the second intifada in the early 2000s.

In addition to the armored vehicle disabled by the explosive device, seven other military vehicles were also incapacitated – six as a result of gunfire damage. Israeli forces recovered the vehicles under heavy gunfire.

IDF Spokesman Daniel Hagari said the military is checking whether the lower area of the armored vehicle which was struck by the bomb was shielded. He added that Israel is working with Palestinian security bodies in order to deescalate the situation.

"It is too early to say if this incident will have consequences in Gaza," said Hagari, declining to weigh in on the implication for more broad operations. Hagari stressed that the incident is not yet over, and estimated it will take a few more hours until the Israeli military finished recovering army equipment from the area.

He added that the Israel Air Force is also operating in the area. In recent years, the army has avoided using combat helicopters for such operations out of concerns that this step could spark an escalation and also harm uninvolved civilians.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that five Palestinians were killed: Khaled Asasa, 21, Qassam Abu Sariya, 29, Ahmed Saqr, 15, and Kayis Jabarain, 21. The identity of the fifth deceased Palestinian is not yet known. Islamic Jihad later confirmed that Abu Sariya was a member of the organization's military wing.

A spokesperson for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, called Monday's incident a "recurring massacre." He criticized the international community and the U.S. for their soft response and called on them to intervene immediately.

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who also is a minister in the Defense Ministry, tweeted that "the time has come to replace the 'tweezer activity' to a broad operation to eradicate terrorists' nests in northern Samaria, and to restore deterrence and security in the region."

He also added that "the time has come to utilize air forces and armored forces," saying that he demands an urgent meeting of the governments' security cabinet.

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk said he is "extremely worried by the situation" in Jenin, describing the situation as an "apparent execution by Israeli forces."

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry also condemned what it called Israel’s “continued escalation against the Palestinians,” saying it only further inflamed the situation and undermined efforts to reduce regional tensions.

Last week, an Israeli aged 30 and four IDF soldiers were wounded during a shooting near the northern West Bank settlement of Mevo Dotan on Tuesday afternoon. The shooters fired from a vehicle at an Israeli civilian's vehicle and an army vehicle carrying IDF soldiers. The forces were stationed at a military post near the Palestinian village of Ya'bad.

In addition, last week the Palestinian Health Ministry reported on Tuesday that a 19-year-old Palestinian was killed by IDF fire, who raided the Balata refugee camp near Nablus to carry out arrests, promoting clashes. He was identified as 19-year-old Fares Hashash.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
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