Israeli raid in Jericho to arrest Hamas operatives kills Palestinians — RT in French
The Israeli army carried out a raid in the city of Jericho in the West Bank to neutralize members of Hamas. The operation caused several deaths on the Palestinian side. The armed movement calls this attack an “abominable massacre”.
The Israeli army announced on the morning of February 6 that it had killed “several armed assailants” during a raid on the Palestinian refugee camp of Aqabat Jabr, in the occupied West Bank, described as an “abominable massacre” by the Palestinian Islamist movement. Hamas.
During this “counter-terrorism activity” in the nearby camp in the city of Jericho, intended to apprehend Hamas members suspected of being the perpetrators of a recent anti-Israeli attack in the area, “several armed assailants were killed after opening fire on soldiers operating in the area,” the army wrote in a statement.
Hamas promises revenge
“Three Palestinians were hit by Israeli occupation bullets in the attack on Jericho today. One of them, injured in the head, is in critical condition, undergoing surgery, and the other two, injured in the arms, are in stable condition,” the Palestinian Ministry of Health said in a statement. communicated.
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh called the Israeli raid an “abominable massacre” in a statement.
“The heroes of the Aqabat Jabr camp fought until they died as martyrs to defend their land and their holy places”, he added, again launching: “The repeated killings committed by the enemy in the West Bank will turn out to be a disaster for them”.
“This is a heinous crime that adds to the daily crimes committed by the occupation against our Palestinian people,” Jericho Governor Jihad Abu Al-Aasal told AFP: “We call on the world to stop occupation and to protect our people from the occupier”.
This new Israeli military incursion into the Palestinian autonomous zone comes against a backdrop of fears of a new flare-up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the escalation of violence observed since the beginning of the year.
Israeli authorities regularly accuse the Palestinian Authority’s security services of failing to meet their obligations by failing to arrest armed activists planning anti-Israeli attacks.
For nearly a year now, the Israeli army has been stepping up operations in sectors of the West Bank normally under Palestinian security control under the Oslo Accords (1993).