Israeli forces kill 5 Palestinians in Jericho raid

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Ramallah, occupied West Bank – Israeli forces have shot lifeless not less than 5 Palestinian males throughout a raid on Jericho within the japanese occupied West Bank.

The large-scale raid happened within the early hours of Monday within the Aqabet Jabr refugee camp – which has been beneath an Israeli siege, as described by Palestinians, for greater than per week – and continued till after daybreak.

Confirming the demise of 5 folks, the governor of Jericho mentioned three others had been injured.

The Israeli army initially mentioned in an announcement that it had killed seven males in whole, together with two answerable for an tried taking pictures assault in Jericho on January 28, and 5 others who had engaged the military in combating throughout the raid.

The military mentioned it withheld the our bodies of 5 of the lads killed, together with these it claimed had been “members of the Hamas cell in Jericho, including the perpetrators of the Almog [checkpoint] operation”.

It was unclear whether or not all the males had been firing again on the Israeli military once they had been shot.

The taking pictures on January 28 didn’t result in any casualties. It happened simply two days after a large-scale Israeli raid on the Jenin refugee camp through which 10 Palestinians had been killed.

Hamas, the Palestinian group governing the besieged Gaza Strip, didn’t declare any of the seven males killed as its members.

During the raid on Jericho, Israeli forces arrested Hamas chief Shaker Amara, who was lately launched from jail.

Israeli forces additionally arrested a 48-year-old lady, Rajaa Karsou, throughout a raid on the Balata refugee camp within the northern occupied metropolis of Nablus within the West Bank on Monday morning.

Hamas warns of revolution after Jericho ‘massacre’

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem informed Al Jazeera that the “massacre” dedicated by the Israeli military in Jericho would “fuel a revolution” amongst Palestinians.

“The continuous killings confirm the Israeli occupation’s great confusion in dealing with the escalation and expansion of resistance in all of the cities, camps and villages of the West Bank, and its inability to stop its escalation,” Qassem mentioned.

On Saturday, a brand new Hamas-affiliated cross-factional Palestinian armed group, the Aqabet Jabr Brigades, introduced itself to the general public in a parade and an announcement.

It is the most recent of plenty of small armed resistance teams to emerge throughout the Israeli-occupied West Bank since September 2021, primarily in Jenin and Nablus.

Israeli forces have been imposing motion restrictions on the camp for greater than per week and finishing up raids, together with one on Saturday that led to a number of reside ammunition accidents.

Palestinian Authority (PA) spokesman Ibrahim Melhem mentioned he and Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh visited the camp on Sunday. He mentioned the residents of the camp had been “under siege for nine days” and “held the [Israeli] occupation government fully responsible for what residents are exposed to, from harassment and organised terrorism”.

On Friday, the PA’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned “in the strongest terms the unjust siege imposed by the Israeli occupation authorities on the city of Jericho for the eighth day in a row under false pretexts, and considers it an ugly form of collective punishment against all unarmed Palestinian civilians who spend long hours at the occupation checkpoints”.

Tensions on the bottom have significantly elevated since Israel’s assault on Jenin. The day after the raid, on January 27, a Palestinian carried out a taking pictures assault, killing seven Israelis in an unlawful Jewish settlement in occupied East Jerusalem.

The settlement, Neve Yaakov, had been constructed on the lands of Palestinian localities of Beit Hanina, Hizma and al-Ram.

Monday’s killings in Jericho carry the variety of Palestinians killed by Israeli forces because the begin of 2023 to 43, together with eight youngsters.

The United Nations marked 2022 because the deadliest 12 months for Palestinians because the finish of the second Intifada, or mass rebellion, in 2005.