Israel kills Palestinian in Jenin raid, wounds 13 others

1. Palestine
Mourners carry the body of 25-year-old Palestinian Ahmed Al-Saadi, who was killed earlier by Israeli forces on April 9, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
JENIN, Palestine — The Palestinian health ministry said that at least one Palestinian man was killed by Israeli gunfire during a raid in the West Bank district of Jenin, on Saturday.اضافة اعلان

The Red Crescent said 12 others were wounded.

The operation, which lasted several hours, came after a gunman from Jenin carried out a shooting in Tel Aviv on Thursday evening, killing three Israelis and wounding more than a dozen others.

Israeli forces had launched the operation in the city of Jenin, in the north of the occupied West Bank, its Palestinian refugee camp, and adjacent villages.

Following the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gave security agencies "full freedom" to end deadly violence that has surged since March 22 "in order to defeat terror".

"There are not and will not be limits for this war," Bennett.

Crowds of mourners marched through the streets carrying the body of 25-year-old Ahmad Al-Saadi — who was identified by Palestinian officials — on a stretcher covered with the flag of the Gaza Strip-based militant group Islamic Jihad.

Palestinian security sources said part of Saturday's raid was to identify the home of the Tel Aviv assailant ahead of demolishing it.

Rights activists have repeatedly denounced Israel's policy of destroying the homes of Palestinian attackers as collective punishment.

The Jenin refugee camp is a stronghold of armed factions, where three other Palestinians linked to an anti-Israeli attack were killed by the army last week. 

Saturday's raid comes a day after Israel said it had killed Raad Hazem, 28, the alleged Tel Aviv attacker.

In addition to giving security forces a free rein to curb a surge in violence, Bennett on Friday ordered the closure of the Jalameh checkpoint between the Jenin area and Israel.

On Friday, the father of the Tel Aviv attacker, Fathi Hazem — a retired Palestinian security forces officer according to Palestinian sources — struck a defiant tone.

Speaking to hundreds at the family home in Jenin, he said the Palestinian people were looking for "freedom and independence".

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