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Israeli military kills fourth Palestinian in raid on West Bank

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Deceased Palestinian teenager Dia Mohammad Rimawi

Israeli military forces have shot and killed a Palestinian teenager, hours after three Palestinian men lost their lives during a raid on the northern West Bank city of Jenin as the Tel Aviv regime maintains a months-long campaign of near-daily raids in the occupied territory.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement that Israeli soldiers opened fire and wounded a number of young Palestinians during a confrontation near the village of Aboud, which is situated northwest of Ramallah, on Thursday evening.

The ministry identified the victim as 15-year-old Dia Mohammad Rimawi, a resident of the nearby village of Beit Rima.

The statement added that two of the wounded Palestinians were taken to hospital in Ramallah, and are said to be in a moderate and stable condition.

One has been shot in the chest while the other has been hit in the leg.

The third wounded Palestinian, detained by the Israeli military, remains in critical condition and has been transferred to an Israeli hospital.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the three killed on Thursday morning as Siqdi Zakarneh, 29, Atta Shalabi, 46, and Tareq al-Damaj, 29.

Zakarneh and al-Damaj were from the Jenin refugee camp, while Shalabi was from the town of Qabatya on the southern outskirts of Jenin.

At least two other Palestinian men were injured by Israeli fire during the raid, including one in serious condition, local sources said.

A general strike across Jenin governorate was observed to mourn the three men, with schools, businesses and stores shut.

Reactions of Palestinian resistance groups

Palestinian resistance groups have condemned the latest killings of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, stating that such crimes will fail to discourage the Palestinian nation from continuing to tread the path of resistance against the Israeli enemy. 

The Gaza-based Hamas movement said the killings will further invigorate steadfastness against the occupying Tel Aviv regime.

It praised members of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades -- the military wing of Hamas -- for their courageous and armed resistance against Israeli forces, stating that the latest deaths clearly exhibit the extent of organized terrorism being exercised by the regime, its brutal nature, and its desperate attempts to assert control over the West Bank.

“Such bids are meant to undermine the willpower and determination of freedom-loving Palestinians as they are fighting off the Israeli regime’s acts of aggression,” Hamas said in a statement.

It added, “By assassinating our resistance fighters, the occupiers have exposed themselves to fairly adverse consequences. They should realize that the upshots of these crimes will impinge on them and they cannot escape the public wrath.”

The Islamic Jihad movement also stated that the latest killings in the occupied West Bank will not deter the Palestinian nation from treading the path of resistance, emphasizing that Palestinians will remain steadfast and resilient against the occupying Israeli regime.

Since the start of 2022, Israeli troops have killed more than 210 Palestinians, including more than 50 children, in the occupied West Bank and East al-Quds as well as the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to the United Nations, the number of Palestinians killed by Israel in the occupied West Bank this year is the highest in 16 years.

Local and international rights groups have condemned Israel’s excessive use of force and “shoot-to-kill policy” against Palestinians.

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