At least eight Palestinians were killed today and 12 were seriously injured in an Israeli attack in Jenin, in the northern West Bank, the Palestinian Ministry of Health said.
“The situation in the Jenin refugee camp is critical,” Health Minister Mai al-Kaila said in a statement, adding that Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters at the children’s ward.
In turn, the Israeli army said on the social network Telegram that the security forces are carrying out an operation in the Jenin refugee camp.
“Details will be provided later,” the army said.
With today’s deaths the number of Palestinians, civilians or members of armed groups, killed since the beginning of the year rises to 28.
The Israeli army, which has occupied the West Bank since 1967, makes almost daily raids on this Palestinian territory, mainly in the north, in the areas of Jenin and Nablus, strongholds of Palestinian armed factions.
Since last year, the most violent since 2006 and which saw 170 Palestinians killed, Jenin has been one of the main sources of violence in the occupied West Bank and is home to a large movement of militias linked to various factions, including Hamas and Islamic Jihad.