Two Palestinians Killed in Israeli Army Raid on Jenin Refugee Camp

Three other Palestinians severely wounded in rare daytime arrest targeting Palestinians suspects affiliated with the Bnei Brak terror attack; one Israeli soldier lightly wounded

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People carry the body of Palestinian  17-year-old Sanid Abu Atiyah, 17, who, according to medics, was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in a raid, in Jenin in the West Bank, March 31, 2022.
People carry the body of Palestinian 17-year-old Sanid Abu Atiyah, 17, who, according to medics, was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in a raid, in Jenin in the West Bank, March 31, 2022. Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/ REUTERS

Two Palestinians were killed in a gun battle with IDF troops on Thursday morning in Jenin's refugee camp after a rare daylight arrest operation.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has so far verified two deaths – identifying 17-year-old Sanid Abu Atiyah and 23-year-old Yazid al-Sa’adi from the refugee camp. According to the ministry, another 14 Palestinians were injured.

Ibn Sina Hospital in Jenin said that there are three Palestinians in critical condition – a 22 year-old who was shot in the back, a 21-year-old who was hit in the stomach and chest and a 23-year-old also hit in the stomach and chest. A 25-year-old is also in serious condition after being shot in the thigh. Another five people sustained wounds to their lower bodies, the hospital said.

n a separate incident, an Israeli was seriously wounded Thursday after a Palestinian stabbed him on a bus in the West Bank. The stabber was shot dead.

The joint operation this morning in Jenin was intended to arrest Palestinians suspected in connection to the terror attack that killed five Israelis in Bnei Brak on Tuesday, the IDF said.

Relatives of Palestinian Yazid al-Sa’adi who, according to medics, was killed by Israeli forces during clashes in raid, react at hospital, in Jenin in the West Bank, March 31, 2022.Credit: MOHAMAD TOROKMAN/ REUTERS

According to the military, 31 people were arrested in the operation, three of whom are suspected of aiding or involvement in the terror attack. 

The operation was carried out by the IDF's undercover Duvdevan unit, an infantry unit from the Golani Brigade and Border Police units. One soldier from Duvdevan was lightly injured in the shoulder and taken to hospital. 

According to eyewitnesses, Israeli soldiers entered the city's refugee camp from several directions in order to carry out arrests of Palestinians, mainly affiliated with Islamic Jihad, when they were met with gunfire. 

Palestinian mourners attend the funeral of Sanid Abu Atiyah and Yazid al-Saadi in Jenin after they were killed during an Israeli raid.Credit: JAAFAR ASHTIYEH - AFP

One resident of the refugee camp said that many troops surrounded the homes of militants, who were not home, and detained their family members.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's office issued a statement on Thursday condemning the raid and said that the U.S. had been warned that "Israel intends to cause an escalation on the eve of Ramadan."

The statement also condemned far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir's tour of the Temple Mount earlier on Thursday, calling it "Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people."

According to a senior Islamic Jihad figure in the Jenin area, Israel is "trying to restore its image after the terrorist attacks in Be'er Sheva, Hadera and Bnei Brak."

According to him, the raid and Ben-Gvir's Temple Mount visit "will only increase the struggle and resistance of the Palestinian people."

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