Four Killed, 44 Wounded in Israeli Army West Bank Raid, Palestinians Report

Among the Palestinians killed is the brother of Raad Hazem, who shot and killed three Israelis in a terror attack in Tel Aviv in April

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A Palestinian hurls a stone at an Israeli army vehicle during clashes after Israeli forces killed Palestinian gunmen in Jenin, on Wednesday.
A Palestinian hurls a stone at an Israeli army vehicle during clashes after Israeli forces killed Palestinian gunmen in Jenin, on Wednesday.Credit: RANEEN SAWAFTA/ REUTERS

The Fatah movement on Wednesday called for a "day of rage" across the West Bank, including a general strike and march to checkpoints, following an Israeli military raid in Jenin, in which four people were killed and 44 were wounded.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israeli forces surrounded the former home of Raad Hazem, a Palestinian terrorist who killed three people in April, and killed his brother, Fathi, and three additional wanted men in the Jenin refugee camp, according to Israeli officials. Palestinians say that 44 people were wounded during the exchange of gunfire.

The military said that Abed Fathi Hazem and Ahmed Nazmi Alawneh were involved in several shootings over the past few weeks, including the September 13 incident in which a Defense Ministry tractor was shot at. It added that they were in the planning stages of additional terror attacks.

The Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, Fatah's military wing, announced that three of those killed were senior commanders in the organization in the Jenin region, and the fourth a senior Islamic Jihad member.

Raad Hazem (right), the terrorist who killed three Israelis in Tel Aviv in April, and his brother Abed Fathi who was shot and killed by the army on Wednesday.

The announcement also identified Alawneh as a battalion commander, and Alonah as an engineer specializing in assembling bombs. The Islamic Jihad member was identified as Muhammed Abu Nasa.

"We will not hesitate or be deterred to act against anybody who tries to hurt Israeli citizens or our security forces," Prime Minister Yair Lapid said following the raid.

Smoke rises from a home in the Jenin refugee camp, on Wednesday.Credit: Used under Section 27A of the Copyright Law

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesperson, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said after the raid that "the Israeli occupation still undervalues the lives of our Palestinian people, and is tampering with security and stability by continuing its policy of escalation."

Abu Rudeineh added that "Israel and the United States of America have lost their credibility by demanding calm and maintaining stability, while they are practicing all forms of escalation, killing and destruction... Condemnations alone are no longer enough."

Exchange of gunfire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian militants in Jenin.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price meanwhile said Washington was "deeply concerned by the deteriorating security situation in the West Bank" and that "[t]his year alone, more than 100 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank and more than 30 in Gaza, while more than 20 Israelis and other civilians have been killed in terrorist attacks." He urged "all parties to do everything in their power to deescalate the situation and return to a period of calm."

Price further said that while the United States and other international partners stand ready to help, they "cannot substitute for vital actions by the parties to mitigate conflict and to restore calm."

U.S. officials have been closely monitoring the deteriorating conditions in the West Bank, while working to ensure Israel and the Palestinian Authority continue security coordination. The PA has struggled to maintain security amid undergoing an economic crisis that has only further weakened its control and legitimacy. Barbara Leaf, the highest-ranking U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, recently visited Israel and the West Bank, where she implored all parties to help stabilize the PA in order to prevent a major crisis.

A Palestinian man checks the site of damage following an Israeli raid in Jenin in the West Bank September 28, 2022.Credit: RANEEN SAWAFTA/ REUTERS

Over the past few weeks, Jenin has been a flash point for violence. Earlier this month, an Israeli military officer was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire with Palestinian militants near the Jalameh checkpoint, just north of Jenin.

More clashes erupt across the West Bank

Spurred by the incidents in Jenin, clashes also erupted in several other places in the West Bank Wednesday afternoon.

One Palestinian was seriously wounded by live fire during clashes near the Beit El checkpoint and was taken to the hospital in Ramallah in mortal condition, the Palestinian Red Crescent said. Two others were moderately wounded by rubber bullets during those clashes.

Another 34 people were wounded in clashes near Hawara, south of Nablus, the Red Crescent said. One was hit by a rubber bullet and taken for medical treatment; the others were treated on the spot after inhaling tear gas. In addition, 14 people were injured by tear gas inhalation near Qalqilyah.

Palestinians said that during the Hawara clashes, a journalist was wounded when an Israeli gas grenade hit him in the leg.

Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi conducted a situation assessment at Central Command Wednesday afternoon in light of the escalation in the West Bank. The head of Central Command, Maj. Gen. Yehuda Fuchs, and the commander of the Judea and Samaria Division, Brig. Gen. Avi Blut, also participated.

“This morning, we carried out a complex operation in the Jenin refugee camp,” Kochavi said at the meeting. “It was executed resolutely and professionally, and its purpose was to thwart a concrete threat. We’ll continue preparing for the entire spectrum of scenarios, and we’ll operate as needed anywhere, anytime to ensure Israelis’ security.”

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