As the Israeli army broadcaster reported, four Palestinians were killed in exchanges of fire in connection with an operation in the Jenin refugee camp. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a suspect was among those killed in a deadly attack on two Jewish settlers in Huwara at the end of February. The head of government spoke of a “surgical operation”.
Palestinians speak of at least six dead
The Palestinian Ministry of Health, on the other hand, reported that six Palestinians had been killed in connection with the Israeli operation in Jenin. 26 others were injured, three were in mortal danger, including two 16-year-old teenagers. The dead were said to be between 22 and 49 years old. An Israeli military spokesman said the reports were being examined.
The Jenin Brigade, a Palestinian militant group, said its fighters fired on Israeli soldiers. Eyewitnesses reported violent exchanges of fire between Palestinian militants and Israeli soldiers after they surrounded a house. The assassin from Huwara is said to have hidden in the building. Jenin is considered a stronghold of militant Palestinian groups in the West Bank.
Killed according to the military Hamas terrorist
The military said the dead man, who is said to have been involved in the murder of the settlers, was Abdel-Fattah Charuscha, a member of the radical Islamist Hamas. His two sons were arrested in a simultaneous raid in Nablus. Hamas is classified as a terrorist organization by Israel, the United States, the European Union and several other countries.
The situation in Israel and the Palestinian territories has been very tense for a long time. Since the beginning of the year, 13 Israelis and one Ukrainian have been killed in Palestinian attacks. In the same period, 71 Palestinians lost their lives – they were killed, for example, in confrontations with the Israeli army or in their own attacks.
Renewed clashes in Huwara
There are also repeated reports of violence by Israeli settlers against Palestinians, Israeli activists or soldiers. Only on Monday night did Jewish settlers invade the Palestinian village of Huwara again. According to the military, Israeli soldiers and border police broke up groups of “rioters prepared to use violence”. In late February, Huwara was the scene of serious rioting as settlers poured into the town and set fire to dozens of cars and some houses in revenge for the deaths of its two members.
Israel conquered the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967. More than 600,000 Israeli settlers live there today. The Palestinians claim the areas for a future independent state of Palestine with the Arabic-influenced eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital.