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Israeli forces kill four Palestinians, injures 44 others in Jenin raid

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An Israeli forces armored vehicle drives during a raid in Jenin, in the north of the occupied West Bank on September 28, 2022.

JENIN, Palestinian Territories — Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday killed four Palestinians and injured 44 others, according to the Palestinian health ministry.اضافة اعلان

The killings are the latest Israeli violence in Jenin, in the north of the Israeli-occupied West Bank, an area that has seen violent Israeli raids on a near daily basis since the beginning of March.

Jenin Deputy Governor Kamal Abu Al-Rub told AFP that Wednesday’s raid was “the most violent that the occupation army has carried out since the start of the year”.

‘Ready to face them’

Mohammed Al-Haj Qasem, head of operations at Jenin’s Ibn Sina Hospital, said the Israeli violence was the worst since the facility opened around two years ago.

“It’s not only the number of deaths but those wounded and their gravity,” he told AFP.

Hundreds gathered for funerals in Jenin and its refugee camp later on Wednesday.

At a mosque in the camp, hundreds mourned Abed Hazem, whose body was wrapped in a Palestinian flag, while young men kissed his forehead.

Earlier this month, Israeli occupation forces destroyed the home of Hazem’s brother Raad, whose image is carried on posters in the camp glorifying him as a “lion”.

“We’re not afraid of anything,” said a young Palestinian man, who requested anonymity due to security concerns.

“If Israelis want an escalation, we are ready to face them,” he added.

Since March, Israel has launched hundreds of raids into the northern West Bank, including in Jenin and nearby Nablus.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, more than 150 Palestinians have been killed since the start of 2022, the Palestinian news agency, Wafa, reported.

Palestinian-American reporter Shireen Abu Akleh was killed by Israeli forces in Jenin while covering a raid in May.

‘Policy of escalation’

Analysts have warned that the dramatic uptick in Israeli West Bank raids is further weakening the unpopular Palestinian Authority, with Palestinians increasingly condemning President Mahmoud Abbas’s administration for its security cooperation with Israel.

Abbas’s spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina accused Israel of “tampering with security and stability through pursuing a policy of escalation,” in a statement published by Wafa.

The EU, in a tweet, said it was “alarmed by the spike in violence today in Jenin following the (Israeli) incursions”.

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