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Palestinian Authority decides to suspend security coordination with Israel following Jenin massacre

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (File photo)

The Palestinian Authority headed by Mahmoud Abbas says it has decided to suspend security coordination with Israel in the occupied West Bank after one of the deadliest Israeli raids in the flashpoint city of Jenin.

The spokesperson of the president, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said on Thursday that security coordination is no longer viable.

"In light of the repeated aggression against our people, and the undermining of signed agreements, including security, we consider that security coordination with the Israeli occupation no longer exists as of now,” a statement issued after a Palestinian Authority meeting read. 

The last time Abbas made such an announcement was in May of 2020, in response to Israeli plans to annex parts of the West Bank, a step referenced in former US president Donald Trump's controversial proposal to purportedly end the decades-long conflict.

Abbas said the Israeli aggression against the Jenin camp is an "organized crime and a massacre" against the Palestinian people as he urged the international community to intervene to stop it. 

Abu Rudeineh said Palestine will go to the Security Council to issue an urgent resolution on the carnage. 

“We will take the case of Jenin massacre to the International Criminal Court to be added to the previous cases of the Israeli regime,” he assured.

The Palestinian health ministry said Israeli forces shot dead another Palestinian near Ramallah, raising the number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank on Thursday to 10. 

Press TV exclusive: Clashes in more than 30 locations after carnage

Palestinian activist and lawyer Saleh abu Izzah told Press TV website that clashes have erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces in more than 30 different locations across the occupied territories after the Israeli incursion. He said the incursion was the biggest in years, a fact also confirmed by Israeli media.

"As we speak, Palestinian protesters and resistance fighters are clashing with Israeli forces across the occupied Palestine.

“There are huge rallies across the West Bank; these will continue today and tomorrow,” he said.

Abu Izzah said Israeli occupation forces carried out the incursions at 7:00 a.m. to take resistance groups by surprise.

“The Israeli incursions on the Jenin camp usually take place at dawn. Obviously, the Israeli enemy changed the timing on purpose to take the resistance fighters by surprise,” he said.

According to Abu Izzah, "the resistance in the West Bank is a serious source of worry to the Israeli enemy, who is trying by all means possible to crush it".

“Israel fears seeing more resistance groups as hundreds if not thousands of Palestinian youths are joining the resistance forces. This deadly attack on the Jenin camp comes with the aim of crushing the resistance forces, especially the Jenin Battalion and the Osud al-Arin.”

The recent escalation, the activist said, is a sign that another “al-Quds Sword” battle is on the way, in light of the ongoing incursions and attacks on al-Aqsa Mosque, with more Palestinians standing up to Israeli violations.

Palestinian media outlets reported that Israeli occupation forces raided the Jenin camp early on Thursday, leaving residents and popular resistance groups with no choice but to defend themselves and confront the occupation forces.

According to reports, 30 Palestinians have been killed since the beginning of 2023.

The sources said more than 70 Israeli armed vehicles stormed the flashpoint city and the neighboring refugee camp, while Israeli snipers were deployed on rooftops and heavily armed soldiers opened fire at Palestinian youths who tried to block their way.

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