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West Bank: Four Palestinians killed in Israeli raid on Jenin

Sixteen-year-old Omar Muhammad Awadin was amongst those killed in a raid on West Bank city
Omar Muhammad Awadin, a 16-year-old Palestinian, was shot dead by Israeli forces on Thursday, 16 March 2023 (Twitter)

Four Palestinians were killed in an Israeli raid on Jenin in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, including a teenage boy, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Among those killed was 16-year-old Omar Muhammad Awadin, as well as Youssef Saleh Barakat Shreim, Nidal Amin Zaidan Khazem, and  Louay Khalil Al-Zughair.

Eighteen people with gunshot wounds were also hospitalised, four of them in serious condition, said the ministry.

The Israeli army acknowledged that "security forces are currently operating in the Jenin refugee camp". 

Tensions have been high in Israel and Palestine in recent months as Israeli attacks in the West Bank intensify, and Palestinian resistance grows.

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Thursday's shootings bring the number of Palestinians killed by Israelis this year to at least 85, including 16 children.

It's the bloodiest start to a year since 2000, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

Palestinian have killed at least 13 Israelis this year.

Fears are growing that there could be a wider outbreak of violence in April when Passover, Easter, and Ramadan all overlap.

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