Israeli forces kill Palestinian teen in Jenin raid

Salah al-Braiki, 19, was killed during armed clashes and confrontations following Israeli army raid on Jenin, Palestinian health ministry says.

Members of the Israeli army deploy to demolish houses in in Rummanah town in the occupied West Bank, on August 8, 2022. - Israeli security forces arrested Subaihat, 20, and Yussef Al-Rifai, 19, in May 2022 on suspicion of killing three Israelis in the central town of Elad.
Israeli forces have been raiding the northern occupied West Bank cities of Jenin and Nablus on a near-daily basis [File: Jaafar Ashtiyeh/AFP]

Ramallah, occupied West Bank – Israeli forces have killed a Palestinian teenager during a military raid on the northern occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to officials.

The Palestinian health ministry confirmed to Al Jazeera on Friday that Salah al-Braiki, 19, was shot in the neck and died shortly afterwards at the Jenin public hospital.

Al-Braiki was pronounced dead at 1:45am (22:45 GMT on Thursday), less than an hour after the Israeli army and special forces raided the city of Jenin and its refugee camp, during which confrontations with unarmed youth and intense armed clashes with Palestinian fighters broke out.

At least three other Palestinians were wounded by Israeli live ammunition, the ministry said.

Israeli forces also arrested Baraa Alawneh, the cousin of 26-year-old fighter Ahmad Alawneh who was killed by the army during a large raid on Jenin on September 28.

Tensions in the occupied West Bank have been boiling up since last year, as Palestinian shootings at Israeli military checkpoints and soldiers, particularly in the northern cities of Jenin and Nablus, increased.

At least three Israeli soldiers have been killed since September 14 – one during a raid on Jenin, and two in separate shootings on military checkpoints last week in Nablus and occupied East Jerusalem.

As part of a military operation it calls “Breaking the Wave”, Israel has intensified raids, arrests and killings in Jenin and Nablus, as Palestinian armed resistance becomes more organised.

According to local media, the Salem checkpoint north of Jenin has been targeted with at least five shootings by Palestinian fighters since the start of October.

Israel has imposed a blockade on Nablus and its villages for more than 10 days, affecting the movement of about 420,000 Palestinians as it searches for suspects of a shooting at a nearby illegal settlement of Shavei Shomron in which one soldier was killed.

Residents, political groups and civil society institutions are demanding the lifting of the siege as it begins to have a serious effect on the economy and life in the area.

According to the health ministry, Israeli forces have killed 175 Palestinians since the start of the year, including 124 people in the West Bank, and 51 in the besieged Gaza Strip. Approximately half of those killed in the West Bank were from Jenin and its villages.

The total death toll also includes 41 children, 17 of whom were killed during Israel’s three-day assault on Gaza in August.

The United Nations has said that 2022 “is the highest year for Palestinian fatalities in the West Bank, compared to the same period in the previous 16 years”.

On Thursday, millions of Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem observed a general strike. All aspects of life came to a halt with private and public organisations, shops and universities closed.

The strike came in response to the killing of 22-year-old Uday Tamimi, who Israel alleges carried out a shooting on October 8 at the main checkpoint to the Shuafat refugee camp in occupied East Jerusalem in which one Israeli soldier was killed.

Following a 12-day manhunt, Israeli forces killed Tamimi in a shootout after he allegedly carried out a second shooting near the illegal Israeli settlement of Maale Adumim in the West Bank.

Israeli media reported a security guard was treated for minor wounds to the hand.

Protests and confrontations broke out with Israeli forces across the West Bank and East Jerusalem after Israel imposed a four-day siege on the Shuafat camp and its surrounding areas – home to 130,000 Palestinians – following the attack, in search of the suspect.

Source: Al Jazeera