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Israeli forces kill six Palestinians in latest raid on Jenin


At least 11 people were injured, including two with serious injuries, the Palestinian health ministry said.

At least six Palestinians were killed and 11 wounded by Israeli forces in an attack on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to the Palestinian Authority (PA) health ministry.

Of those injured, two had serious injuries, the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

The Israeli military said “security forces are currently operating in the Jenin (refugee) camp” in the northern West Bank, but did not provide further details. The situation was still ongoing.

Witnesses told Al Jazeera that a house was besieged and hit with heavy weapons. Images circulating on social media showed helicopters entering the city above a column of military vehicles.

Israeli authorities said one of the Palestinian men they killed was suspected of shooting two brothers from an illegal settlement near the Palestinian village of Huwara last week, according to Israel’s Channel 12 news.

On Monday night, Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians in the village, the scene of a violent rampage last week by dozens of settlers seeking revenge for shooting the two Israelis as they sat in traffic in their cars.

The Israeli army and border police dispersed crowds of what the army described as “a number of violent rioters” in Huwara. Videos shared on social media showed a group of black-clad youths attacking a Palestinian car before the driver managed to drive away.

Other footage appeared to show Israeli soldiers dancing with Jewish settlers in the city on what was the Jewish festival of Purim. “Huwara is vanquished, gentlemen!” a voice is heard saying in Hebrew.

Last week, settlers set fire to dozens of cars and houses in Huwara after two brothers were shot by an alleged Palestinian gunman as they sat in their car at a nearby checkpoint.

The frenzy, described as a “pogrom” by a senior Israeli commander, sparked global outrage and condemnation, heightened when ultra-nationalist finance minister Bezalel Smotrich, who is responsible for aspects of the West Bank, said Huwara “should be deleted”. ”. Smotrich later offered a partial retraction.