In a clash in the Palestinian city of Jenin, Israeli soldiers killed 9 people while many others were injured. At least 29 civilians have been killed in Palestine in January this year.
Ramallah: Nine Palestinians, including an elderly woman, were killed by Israeli forces on Thursday during clashes in the refugee camp of Jenin. The Israeli army is on high alert around the West Bank and Gaza Strip following the clash in the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. Hamas, a Palestinian armed group that rules the Gaza Strip, called for retaliation.
Saleh al-Aruri, deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau, said in a statement that the response would soon cost Israel its heyday, Xinhua news agency reported. In the wake of the ‘deadly raid’, the Israeli army has reinforced its forces in the West Bank with a battalion, according to multiple military statements, while the Air Force has increased the deployment of the Iron Dome anti-rocket battery in the south.
In cities around the Gaza Strip, municipalities announced that cultural events had been canceled for fear of retaliatory rocket fire from the Palestinian enclave. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement that his country was “not interested in growing”. However, he instructed the security forces to ‘be prepared for any scenario in various areas to ensure the safety of Israeli citizens’.
Chief of Staff Hertz Halevi also instructed the army to increase preparations. Meanwhile, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Tor Vansland called for calm. He said in a statement that he is deeply concerned and saddened by the continuing cycle of violence. Israel’s state-owned Kan TV reported that a US envoy as well as Qatari and Egyptian officials were receiving rocket fire from Gaza by militants affiliated with Hamas or Palestinian Islamic Jihad, an armed group, to prevent further advances in the region. Trying to stop.
According to Palestinian health ministry data, more than 170 Palestinians were killed in the West Bank in 2022, and at least 29 have been killed in January this year. According to a statement released by the United Nations, 2022 was the deadliest year for Palestinians since 2006. Tensions have risen since Israel’s new right-wing government led by Netanyahu was sworn in last month.