Jerusalem24 – Israeli forces have shot and killed 30 Palestinians in Jenin in the occupied West Bank so far this year, nearly half of the total number of Palestinians killed by Israel forces in the West Bank.
The 30 Palestinians killed in Jenin include nine teenagers, as well as Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.
Israeli forces have killed over 70 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank since the beginning of the year.
Two Palestinians from Jenin were also shot and killed within Israel after they carried out attacks against Israeli citizens.
The latest Palestinian shot and killed in Jenin is16-year-old Dirar Al-Kafrini who was shot with live ammunition when a contingent of undercover Israeli special forces invaded the camp to arrest Sheikh Bassam Al-Saadi, a leader with the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Jenin has been at the center of Israeli raids since September 2021 when six Palestinians escaped the high-security Israeli prison of Gilboa. It was assumed they would take refuge in Jenin.
Israeli raids in Jenin increased in December last year after an Israeli settler was killed in a shooting attack between Jenin and Nablus. Israeli Authorities accused two brothers from the town of Silat Al-Harithiyah, northwest of Jenin city.
Subsequently, Israeli forces repeatedly raided Silat al-Harithiyah and detonated the houses of Ghaith and Omar Jaradat, whom it accused of being behind the shooting, in a punitive demolition of their family home.
Israeli raids then focused on the Jenin refugee camp at the beginning of April, after two shooting attacks carried out by Palestinians from Jenin that killed seven Israelis.
One of the Palestinian attackers was 22-year-old Diaa Hamarsheh from the town of Yaabad. The other was 29-year-old Raad Khazem from the Jenin refugee camp.
In the following months, Israeli occupation forces conducted undercover incursions into Jenin camp, assassinating Palestinian gunmen, and launching raids and often clashing with Palestinian gunmen. Palestinians are often killed by Israeli fire during these raids, including teenagers and bystanders.