Israel kills at least nine Palestinians in Jenin camp massacre

Israel kills at least nine Palestinians in Jenin camp massacre
Israeli forces committed a massacre in the Jenin refugee camp on Thursday morning, killing at least nine Palestinians including an elderly woman.
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An Israeli attack on the occupied West Bank's Jenin refugee camp on Thursday killed nine Palestinians including an elderly woman.

Palestinian officials also said that Israeli forces used tear gas inside a hospital children's ward.

The death toll rose to "nine martyrs including an elderly woman," the Palestinian health ministry said, with at least 16 wounded.

In a separate statement, Palestinian health minister Mai Al-Kaila said that "occupation forces stormed Jenin Government Hospital and intentionally fired tear gas canisters at the paediatric department in the hospital".

She described the situation in the refugee camp as "critical" and said Israeli forces were preventing ambulances from reaching the wounded.

Israel's army declined to comment when asked by AFP about the health minister's tear gas allegation.

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The army has said only that its "forces are operating in Jenin".

Thursday's fatalities bring the number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank so far this year to 29, most of whom were shot by Israeli forces.

Jenin deputy governor Kamal Abu Al-Rub told AFP that residents were living in a "real state of war".

"The Israeli army is destroying everything and shooting at everything that moves," he said.

The mounting toll follows the deadliest year in the Palestinian territory since United Nations records began in 2005.

At least 146 Palestinians were killed by Israeli security forces in 2022 in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, according to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem.

Last year's death toll was the highest since 2004, during the Second Intifada, or Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation.

Israel has occupied the West Bank in violation of international law since the 1967 Arab-Israeli War.

The Palestinian presidency said Thursday's raid on Jenin was happening "under international silence".

"This is what encourages the occupation government to commit massacres against our people in full view of the world," said Nabil Abu Rudeinah, spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas.

The Palestinian health minister called for an urgent meeting with the World Health Organization and the International Committee of the Red Cross over the events in Jenin.

The latest Israeli massacre comes a day after Israeli forces shot dead two Palestinians in separate incidents.

The New Arab is providing live updates as the situation on the ground continues to escalate and Palestinian fears that Israel's new far-right government will inflict more deadly violence on them appear to be realised.

Featured image credit: AAFAR ASHTIYEH/AFP via Getty Images

5:54 PM
The New Arab Staff

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5:00 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Palestinian Authority says cuts Israel security ties over Jenin raid

The Palestinian Authority said on Thursday it was suspending security coordination with Israel after nine people were killed in a massacre in the Jenin refugee camp. 

"Security coordination with the Israeli occupation government no longer exists as of now," said a statement from President Mahmoud Abbas's office.

4:17 PM
The New Arab Staff

Palestinian man shot dead by Israel forces near Jerusalem

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by Israeli forces near occupied East Jerusalem, a correspondent for The New Arab reports.

Yousef Muheisen, 22, was from the town Al-Ram. His killing brings the total number of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces today to 10.

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Yousef Muheisen, 22, was from the town Al-Ram [Twitter]
3:45 PM
The New Arab Staff

Palestinian health ministry releases names of those killed in Jenin massacre

The Palestinian health ministry releases in a Facebook post the names of the nine victims killed in Israel's deadly raid on the Jenin refugee camp on Thursday. They are:

Abdullah Marwan Al-Ghoul, aged 18
Motassem Mahmoud Abul Hassan, aged 40
Waseem Amjad Al-Jaas, aged 22
Noureddin Sami Ghunaim, aged 25
Mohamed Sami Ghunaim, aged 28
Mohammed Mahmoud Sobh, aged 30
Saib Isam Zuraiqi, aged 24
Izzeddin Yasin Salahat, aged 22
Majida Ubaid, aged 61.

It noted that most of the 20 people injured were shot in the head or chest, saying that this showed that Israeli forces were shooting to kill. Four of the injured are in critical condition.

2:48 PM
The New Arab Staff

Turkey 'saddened to learn' of Palestinian lives lost

Turkey is "saddened to learn" that "many Palestinians lost their lives" during the Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp today.

"We are deeply concerned by the escalating tension and casualties reported on an almost daily basis in the West Bank, and we strongly condemn the attacks causing civilian losses," Ankara's foreign ministry says in a press release.

"We reiterate our call on the Israeli authorities to take necessary measures effectively to prevent further escalation of tension and loss of lives in the region.

"We wish Allah's mercy upon our Palestinian brothers and sisters who lost their lives in the incidents and extend our condolences to the State of Palestine and its people."

2:26 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

US's Blinken to travel to Israel, occupied West Bank, Egypt

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel next week to Israel, the occupied West Bank and Egypt where he will urge an end to violence, the State Department announces just hours after Israel's deadly raid on the Jenin refugee camp.

Blinken will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and "underscore the urgent need for the parties to take steps to deescalate tensions in order to put an end to the cycle of violence that has claimed too many innocent lives", State Department spokesman Ned Price says.

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2:00 PM
Nick McAlpin

Palestine's envoy to UK calls Israel 'unhinged', urges 'international protection'

The Palestinian ambassador to the UK calls Israel "unhinged" and urges "international protection" for his people.

"Israel's raid on Jenin is another in a long run of brutal Israeli military raids," Husam Zomlot tells The New Arab.

An average of more than one Palestinian has been killed a day so far in 2023 in the occupied West Bank, largely at the hands of Israeli forces.

"Israel is unhinged and the Palestinian people are in need of protection from a country that for too long has been able to get away with innumerable transgressions of international law and international humanitarian law without any consequences," Zomlot says.

"Time for accountability [for] Israel's brutal occupation and international protection for the people of Palestine."

1:52 PM
The New Arab Staff & Agencies

UN peace envoy 'deeply alarmed and saddened by continuing cycle of violence'

United Nations peace envoy Tor Wennesland says he's "deeply alarmed and saddened by the continuing cycle of violence in the occupied West Bank".

"The deaths today of nine Palestinians, including militants and one woman, during an Israeli arrest operation in Jenin is another stark example," he says in a statement.

UN peace envoy Tor Wennesland in 2022 [Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket/Getty-archive]
1:42 PM
The New Arab Staff

Gaza: Palestinian teen succumbs to injuries from 2022 Israel strike

A Palestinian teenager has succumbed to injuries received in an Israeli attack on the besieged Gaza Strip in 2022.

Nayef Al-Aweidat, 13, had been injured in an Israeli airstrike, according to medical sources cited by official Palestinian news agency Wafa.

1:31 PM
The New Arab Staff

Qatar slams 'brutal Israeli aggression against Jenin camp'

Qatar has slammed Israel after its deadly raid on the occupied West Bank's Jenin refugee camp today.

"The State of Qatar condemns in the strongest terms the brutal Israeli aggression against the Jenin camp, which led to the fall of martyrs and wounded," Doha's foreign ministry says in a statement.

Qatar "also considers it an extension of the heinous and horrific crimes of the occupation against the defenceless Palestinian people", the statement adds, saying the ministry "confirms that the Israeli occupation has become more reassured than ever before about the lack of accountability and impunity".

"This encouraged it to commit more crimes and violations against the brotherly Palestinian people, killing civilians, including children, women and the elderly, and desecrating hospitals and vital civilian facilities," the statement continues.

"In this context, the ministry holds the occupation authorities solely responsible for the widening cycle of violence that will result from this systematic escalation against the Palestinian people."

12:46 PM
Nick McAlpin

PSC calls on UK government to end two-way arms trade with Israel

The UK-based Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) says it's renewing its demand on the British government to end the two-way arms trade with Israel.

It's also reiterating its call for "banks like Barclays to end [their] investments in companies supplying the weapons and technology used to gun down Palestinians, like those killed in Jenin today".

"As long as the UK government continues to trade weapons with Israel and as long as banks like Barclays continue to invest in companies supplying weapons, then they remain complicit in Israel's criminality," PSC director Ben Jamal says in a statement emailed to The New Arab.

"We call upon the British public to join us in ramping up pressure on MPs and to join us in the ongoing protests outside branches of Barclays across the country."

In response to a request for comment, a UK government spokesperson says: "We take our export control responsibilities seriously and operates one of the most robust and transparent export control regimes in the world.

"We consider all our export applications thoroughly against a strict risk assessment framework and keep all licences under careful and continual review as standard."

The UK government maintains it will not issue export licenses where this would go against its licensing criteria.

The New Arab has contacted Barclays for comment.

12:34 PM
The New Arab Staff

Palestinians call general strike in response to Israeli massacre

Palestinians in the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem have announced a one-day general strike in the response to Israel's killing of nine Palestinians in Jenin.

The Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that the Fatah movement called for the strike and said that Palestinians should "confront Israeli occupation forces at checkpoints".

11:44 AM
The New Arab Staff

Friends of Al-Aqsa: 'We must all work harder than ever to hold Israel responsible'

The latest death toll from the Israeli army raid on the Jenin refugee camp is nine, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

It brings the number of Palestinians killed in the occupied West Bank so far this year to 29, most of whom were shot by Israeli forces.

Israeli authorities are also reportedly planning to expel over 1,000 Palestinians, among them around 500 children, from Masafer Yatta, a long-threatened area in the West Bank.

"These are extremely concerning signs of what is to come from Israel's most far-right government ever in 2023," pro-Palestine group Friends of Al-Aqsa tells The New Arab in an emailed statement.

"In this 75th year of Israel's ongoing Nakba against Palestinians, we must all work harder than ever before to stand up against Israeli injustice and hold Israel responsible for its illegal occupation, apartheid regime and ongoing violations of international law."

Agencies contributed to this live update.

11:24 AM
The New Arab Staff

Jordan denounces Israeli attack on Jenin

The Jordanian Foreign Ministry on Thursday denounced Israel's deadly attack on Jenin in a statement.

"Violence only begets more violence. The Israeli attacks on occupied Palestinian cities, amid the total freezing of the peace process, will lead to a dangerous escalation which threatens security and stability," a foreign ministry spokesperson said.

11:13 AM
The New Arab Staff

Palestinian ministry says nine Palestinians killed, 20 injured in massacre

The Palestinian health ministry said that 9 Palestinians were killed since this morning and 20 injured - four of them critically - as a result of the Israeli attack on Jenin.