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Israeli army kills nine Palestinians, including elderly woman | Israel-Palestine conflict News

DEVELOPING STORY,

Israeli troops battled Palestinian fighters in the occupied West Bank town of Jenin, accused of using tear gas at the hospital.

Israeli forces have killed at least nine Palestinians and wounded more than a dozen others in one of the deadliest days in the occupied West Bank since Israeli raids intensified early last year.

An elderly woman was among the dead in one of the deadliest days in the occupied West Bank since Israeli raids intensified early last year, Palestinian officials say.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said 16 others were injured with live ammunition in the attack on the Jenin refugee camp.

Israeli forces have now withdrawn from Jenin.

Only one of the eight dead has been identified so far: 24-year-old Saeb Issam Zreiqi.

Health officials said the situation on the ground is very difficult, with injuries continuing to pour into hospitals and Israeli troops impeding the work of ambulances and medics.

“There is an invasion that is unprecedented in recent times, in terms of scale and number of casualties,” Wissam Baker, head of Jenin Public Hospital, told Al Jazeera.

“The ambulance driver tried to reach one of the martyrs lying on the ground, but the Israeli forces fired directly at the ambulance and prevented it from approaching,” Baker continued.

Israeli forces also fired tear gas grenades at the hospital that seeped into the children’s division, Baker said, causing asphyxia injuries, including to children.

The Israeli army confirmed on Thursday that an operation was underway in Jenin, but did not immediately provide further details.

Israeli forces launched a full-scale raid and besieged the camp in the early hours with undercover troops, dozens of armored vehicles and snipers. Armed clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters soon broke out.

Jenin is one of several areas in the northern West Bank where Israel has intensified its incursions over the past year in an effort to crush growing armed Palestinian resistance.

Aleef Sabbagh, a political analyst specializing in Israeli affairs, said Thursday’s operation in Jenin “should be taken as a signal — it is the first shot in an upcoming, larger Israeli operation.”

“The lack of response — neither Arab nor international — to what Israel is doing encourages it to continue its raids and assassinations,” Sabbagh told Al Jazeera.

“The attacking of ambulances and hospitals, the prevention of aid to the wounded, the field executions – even the murder of Shireen Abu Akleh – there has been no accountability. If there is no real, strong response, Israel will continue to do what it wants without punishment.”

Al Jazeera’s Shireen Abu Akleh, a seasoned correspondent who has covered the occupied Palestinian territories for more than 25 years, was shot dead in May while covering a raid on the Jenin refugee camp.

No one has yet been held responsible for her murder.

The number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces during raids in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem in January has risen to at least 29 people, including five children. At least 15 of the dead were from Jenin.

Such raids in 2022 killed more than 170 Palestinians, many of them civilians.

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