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Four Palestinian youths killed in Israeli drone strike during West Bank raid

Deceased young Palestinian man Bakr Siddiq Zakarneh (Photo via social media)

At least four young Palestinian men were killed when the Israeli military carried out a drone strike during a raid in Jenin, as the regime is tightening its grip on the West Bank amid the onslaught in Gaza.

Director of Jenin Government Hospital Wissam Bakr told the official Palestinian news agency WAFA that a group of Palestinians were directly targeted with an unmanned aerial vehicle in the attack on the al-Sibat neighborhood of Jenin city on Tuesday morning.

Bakr said one other person was injured in the aerial assault.

Palestinian medical sources identified the slain Palestinians as Rafiq al-Dabbous, Mahmoud Abu Srour, Bakr Siddiq Zakarneh, and Thaer Abu al-Tin.

Bakr added that Israeli military aircraft dropped toxic smoke bombs in Jenin's hospital yard, as the regime’s forces prevented the transfer of Abu al-Tin to the medical facility.

Palestinian ambulance crews, subsequently, shifted him to a health center in the city of Qabatiya, located six kilometers (3.7 miles) south of Jenin.

Israeli forces “continue to storm Jenin camp and ambulance crews are prevented from entering to deal with medical cases without prior coordination,” the Palestine Red Crescent Society said in a statement.

Israeli forces are encircling three hospitals in the area, WAFA added.

Local sources said Zakarneh’s father suffered a stroke when he heard the news about his son’s death. His other son, Sidqi, was fatally shot by Israeli forces back on December 8 last year.

Director of the Jenin Education Department, Salam al-Taher, announced that schools in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp will hold their classes online.

Local sources noted that Israeli forces are still preventing members of the press from reaching out to the areas where raids are underway, and stop them from covering what is happening there.

Before this attack, the Palestinian Health Ministry reported that 275 people had been killed in the occupied West Bank since the outbreak of the Israeli onslaught against Gaza.

Israel waged a war on Gaza on October 7 after the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas launched the surprise Operation Al-Aqsa Storm against the occupying entity in response to the Israeli regime’s decades-long campaign of bloodletting and devastation against Palestinians.

The Israeli aggression has so far killed at least 18,205 Palestinians, most of them women and children, and wounded 49,645 others.

The Tel Aviv regime has imposed a “complete siege” on the territory, cutting off fuel, electricity, food, and water to the more than two million Palestinians living there.

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