Israeli forces kill a Palestinian fighter in the occupied West Bank | Israelo-Palestinian conflict
Muhammad Maher Marei was killed in armed clashes that erupted after a dawn raid by the Israeli army on Jenin.
Ramallah, occupied West Bank – Israeli forces killed a Palestinian fighter in the city of Jenin in the northern occupied West Bank after armed clashes erupted between the Israeli army and Palestinians following an army raid on the dawn, according to the official Palestinian news agency WAFA and a local hospital.
The head of Khalil Suleiman Government Hospital in Jenin, Wissam Baker, said Muhammad Maher Marei was brought in at around 5:00 a.m. (0200 GMT) on Wednesday after being shot in the chest.
Baker told Palestine TV that a bullet pierced Marei’s heart and efforts to revive him failed.
“This is most likely a sniper’s bullet that was intended to kill,” Baker said. “This is what we have become used to during the recent raids on Jenin Governorate – no raid takes place without fatal injuries. Even those who are injured have serious injuries,” he added.
The Palestinian armed group Islamic Jihad said Marei had been one of their fighters and died “in the face” of an Israeli raid.
The Israeli army claimed that its soldiers had been attacked, resulting in shooting.
“During the operation, the IDF [army] Law enforcement fired at several suspects who threw explosive devices at them, and gunfire was also heard in the area,” the IDF said.
At least two Palestinian men were also arrested during the army raid in Jenin.
The Israeli army carries out raids and arrests almost daily in the occupied West Bank, which often result in the wounding or killing of Palestinians.
The army arrested at least 13 Palestinians from across the occupied West Bank overnight Wednesday.
In recent months, Israeli forces have particularly intensified their raids on Jenin, where several Palestinian armed groups are active, including in the city’s refugee camp.
“About a third of all Palestinians killed in the West Bank since the beginning of the year are from Jenin,” said Al Jazeera’s Walid al-Omary. “This indicates that the [Israeli army] concentrate their operations on the Jenin region. It is clear that there is a decision to continue these operations during the dawn and morning hours, which has been going on for about three months. »
More than 60 Palestinians have been killed in the occupied West Bank by Israeli forces this year, while at least 19 people have been killed in Israel in Palestinian-led attacks since March.
On May 11, Israeli forces shot and killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh while she was covering an Israeli army raid on Jenin, drawing local and international condemnation.