Israeli forces surround hospitals in occupied West Bank, three killed in jenin

At least three killed in a drone strike on the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, while dozens of Israeli tanks pushed into the city.

The attacks, launched overnight and lasting into Friday, also left at least 14 others injured, according to Palestinian sources. The raid on the Ibn Sina Hospital has ended after several hours.

A number of hospitals were surrounded and at least five people were killed as Israeli forces launched a major raid on Jenin in the occupied West Bank.

The three that died were killed by a drone strike on the Jenin refugee camp. Air strikes have become more regular in the West Bank as the war in Gaza rages.

Emergency services were prevented by Israeli forces from reaching the injured, potentially placing lives at risk, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa reported.

From about 10.30pm on Thursday, the Israeli army pushed at least 80 military vehicles into the city of Jenin, raiding Palestinian homes and detaining several people. There were reports of violent clashes.

At least four hospitals were surrounded by Israeli soldiers. A number of doctors from the hospital refused to comply and evacuate; two paramedics were arrested.

The Israeli military said that it had exchanged fire with Palestinian fighters, who then used ambulances to flee towards Ibn Sina Hospital “in order to hide there”. One Palestinian fighter was arrested at the entrance of the medical facility, the army said.

Tensions have been high across the West Bank since Israel launched its war on Hamas on October 7, which has killed at least 11,500 people in the Gaza Strip.

Wafa also reported that Israeli forces raided several homes in the town of Ni’lin, west of Ramallah, and arrested at least 28 people on Friday.

On Thursday, three Palestinians were shot dead by Israeli soldiers after opening fire at a checkpoint in the West Bank. One Israeli soldier was killed in the attack, according to Israeli officials.

Since October 7, 203 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli raids in the West Bank.

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