Middle East: nine Palestinians killed in an Israeli raid in the West Bank

The Palestinian Authority denounces “a massacre”. Nine Palestinians were killed Thursday, January 26, in Jenin, in the north of the occupied West Bank, during an Israeli raid. Dozens of people were also injured, four of them seriously, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.

According to the Israeli army, the raid carried out in the morning in the Palestinian refugee camp of Jenin was a “counter-terrorism operation”. She targeted members of the Islamic Jihad organization who, according to Defense Minister Yoav Galant, were planning an attack in Israel.

Lowering tensions is ‘essential’, says UN

Separately, a tenth Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli forces on Thursday in Al-Ram, near Jerusalem, in unspecified conditions, and several others were injured in other incidents. It is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the outbreak of violence between the Israeli army and Islamic Jihad in Gaza. At least 49 Palestinians died during these three days in August 2022.

These deaths of the day bring to 30 the number of Palestinians, civilians or members of armed groups, killed since the beginning of the year in violence with Israeli forces or civilians.

“We continue to observe the high levels of violence and negative trends that characterized 2022”regretted in a statement the UN envoy for the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, judging “essential to immediately reduce tensions”. In the wake of this raid, thePalestinian Authority said end security cooperation with Israel, a first since 2020.

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