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3 Palestinians were killed by Israeli army bullets in Jenin camp


Three Palestinians were killed, at dawn yesterday, in a raid carried out by the Israeli army, which included an exchange of fire with Palestinians in the Jenin camp in the northern West Bank, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

The ministry said, “Three Palestinians were shot dead by the Israeli army during its raid at dawn on the city of Jenin and its camp,” which includes armed Palestinian factions.

For its part, the Israeli army announced that it carried out an operation with the special forces, at dawn yesterday, in Jenin, during which Khaled Abu al-Hija, who was chasing him, was arrested. “During this operation, suspects threw explosive devices and targeted soldiers with live ammunition, who in turn responded with live ammunition,” he said in a statement.

Yesterday, in Ramallah, the Palestinian presidency held Israel responsible for the “continued dangerous escalation against the Palestinians, which is pushing the region towards more tension and explosive situations.”

In a statement published by the Palestinian News Agency (Wafa), presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina said that the Israeli government “is trying to ignite the region by continuing the killing operations, the latest of which was the assassination of four young men in Jenin and Ramallah during the past 24 hours.”

Abu Rudeina said, “The government of Israel continues to disregard the decisions of international legitimacy and international law, by continuing the daily series of killings and settlement expansion, which is considered illegal in all its forms.”

A spokesman for the Palestinian presidency called on the US administration to “stop its silence and turn its words into action.”

Fatah movement, led by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, condemned the killing of the three Palestinians.

Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh also called on the international community to provide protection for the Palestinian people “in light of the continuation of daily assassinations, the latest of which was the killing of three young men in the city of Jenin and its camp.”

The storming of Jenin comes in light of the escalation of tension in recent months in the West Bank.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces killed a Palestinian man, after he was pursued on suspicion of his involvement in an attack on soldiers near the settlement of Ofra.

On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu secured a parliamentary majority, yesterday, after his Likud party announced that it had reached an agreement with the ultra-Orthodox Shas party.

“We have taken another step toward forming a right-wing government that will work to serve all the citizens of Israel,” Netanyahu said in a statement.