One Israeli soldier killed in Jerusalem, two Palestinians in Jenin

One Israeli soldier killed in Jerusalem, two Palestinians in Jenin

An Israeli soldier was killed in an armed attack in East Jerusalem on Saturday night and two Palestinian teenagers earlier in the day in an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank, fresh evidence of a surge in violence that the UN is “worrying”.

“Overnight, an Israeli soldier died from serious injuries sustained in an armed attack at the Shuafat checkpoint, an Israeli checkpoint near a Palestinian refugee camp in east Jerusalem, the Israeli army said in a brief statement.

Two Israelis, including the soldier who was killed, were seriously wounded by bullets in this attack. And a third person, whose nationality was not specified, was hit by “shrapnel,” according to Magen David Adom (Mada), the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross.

A police spokesman said in a statement that a “terrorist shot and seriously wounded two Israelis at an Israeli checkpoint near the Palestinian refugee camp of Shuafat.”

According to Magen David Adom, those injured by the bullets are in their 20s and were taken to a hospital in Jerusalem.

“They are a woman in critical condition and a man in serious condition,” the same source said. And an AFP reporter saw a woman in a security forces uniform being treated in an ambulance.

The Israeli army did not provide information on the identity of the soldier killed early Sunday morning, but said his family had been informed of the death.

– Manhunt –

“Police forces are currently searching for a suspect who fled the scene of the attack,” police said, adding that a helicopter and special forces are helping with the manhunt.

Israeli security forces deployed at the scene of the armed attack in East Jerusalem on October 8, 2022 (AFP – AHMAD GHARABLI)

The area has been cordoned off by the police. Dozens of officers were deployed around the checkpoint and in the refugee camp. And an AFP journalist also noted that security measures have been tightened when entering and exiting Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid denounced this “major terrorist attack” taking place during the Jewish holidays. “Terrorism will not win, we are strong even on this difficult evening,” Lapid said in a statement.

– Fatal Raid in Jenin –

Earlier on Saturday, two Palestinian teenagers were shot dead in a fresh Israeli army raid in Jenin, a stronghold of armed Palestinian factions in the northern West Bank, an area which, like East Jerusalem, has been occupied by the Israeli army since 1967.

Rescuers from Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, intervene at the scene of an armed attack in east Jerusalem on October 8, 2022 (AFP - AHMAD GHARABLI)
Rescuers from Magen David Adom, the Israeli equivalent of the Red Cross, intervene at the scene of an armed attack in east Jerusalem on October 8, 2022 (AFP – AHMAD GHARABLI)

In the face of such violence in the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by Israel for more than 50 years, Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority called on the United States to “increase pressure on Israel to launch its all-out war against the Palestinian people.” completed”. .

Islamic Jihad, a very influential Palestinian armed Islamist movement in the Jenin area, portrayed the two teenagers as “their martyrs.” The Israeli army said it raided Jenin to arrest a 25-year-old Palestinian man who is suspected of being a member of Islamic Jihad and of having shot at soldiers.

Since the start of a wave of anti-Israel attacks in March that left 21 dead, the Israeli army has stepped up operations in the occupied West Bank, particularly in the Jenin and Nablus areas.

These raids, often punctuated by clashes with local people, left more than a hundred dead on the Palestinian side, the highest number in the West Bank in almost seven years, according to the UN.

“I am alarmed by the deteriorating security situation, including the increase in armed clashes between Palestinians and the Palestinian security forces in the occupied West Bank” and East Jerusalem, UN special envoy for the Middle East Tor Wennesland commented late Saturday night.

Reference: www.challenges.fr

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