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Israeli forces kill 7 Palestinians in Jenin

File photo of Israeli forces in the occupied West Bank

Israeli forces have killed seven Palestinians, including a doctor, during a raid into the occupied West Bank city of Jenin.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, Israeli troops accompanied by dozens of military vehicles stormed the city on Tuesday, killing seven people and injuring 19 others.

The operation was started during the morning rush hour, as Israeli forces in at least 20 vehicles tore up streets near the city center.

The ministry further identified one of the victims as Dr. Aseed Jabareen, a 50-year-old surgeon at Jenin Government Hospital, was shot dead on his way to work, adding that a school teacher and a student were also among the dead.

Hospital director Wissam Baker also noted that Jenin hospital, the main governmental hospital in the city, is surrounded, adding, "It looks it will be tough hours ahead because the occupation is gathering more forces."

Ambulance driver Hazim Masarwa also stated that "Undercover forces raided the area suddenly and they were firing at any moving body in the street."

A female paramedic has also been reportedly injured by Israeli military bullets after the occupying regime forces opened fire on an ambulance in Jenin camp.

In a statement, the Government Media Office in Gaza condemned the “massacre” committed by Israeli troops in Jenin, after the regimes soldiers randomly opened fired at passers-by in the streets.

“This new massacre in Jenin, along with previous aggressions by the occupation military and settler gangs in various cities of the West Bank, and its ongoing aggression in Gaza, is conclusive evidence of the criminal mindset that governs Israel, and its ideological belief in killing our people and committing genocide against them wherever they are,” it said.

The media office went on to say that what happened in Jenin, and the preceding invasions in various cities of the West Bank, “all respond to those who try to reverse the facts and blame our people and their Al-Aqsa uprising for the events of October 7.”

It also stressed that the occupying regime neither needs excuses for its aggression nor does it wait for justifications for its crimes against Palestinians since the ‘Nakba’ in 1948, which marked the loss of the Palestinian homeland.

The media office further called on all Palestinians in the West Bank and al-Quds to rise up against the occupying regime and to take to the streets in mass demonstrations to condemn the crimes of the Israeli military and reject the aggression of the settlers.

“We urge the [Palestinian Authority] Security Forces to stand by their people and their resistance in the face of the occupation's crimes, and to fulfill their duty of defending our people and our land from these ongoing attacks.” It added.

Israeli forces have recently been conducting overnight raids and killings in the northern occupied West Bank, mainly in the cities of Jenin and Nablus, where new groups of Palestinian resistance fighters have been formed.

Israel has intensified its attacks against Palestinians throughout the West Bank since October 7, when it launched its savage campaign in the besieged Gaza Strip. The Gaza Ministry of Health says the total number of Palestinians killed in the West Bank and al-Quds has risen to 513 since then.

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