Nine Palestinians killed as Israel attacks Jenin refugee camp

Nine Palestinians killed as Israel attacks Jenin refugee campA ninth Palestinian has been killed overnight on Monday by the Israeli army at the northern entrance to the city of Ramallah in the central occupied West Bank.

The health ministry ministry says at least two dozen other Palestinians were injured in the camp, including many who remain in critical condition.

The attacks on Monday came amid escalating violence in the West Bank, including the first Israeli drone assault in the area since 2006, increasing military raids on Jenin and northern occupied Palestinian territories and settler attacks in Palestinian villages.

Israel’s military has launched air raids on the Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank, carrying out an ongoing large-scale attack that involved a missile and the killing of at least eight Palestinians, according to residents and officials.

The Israeli military said in a statement that it struck a “joint operations centre”, which served as a command centre for the Jenin Brigades, a unit comprised of fighters from different Palestinian armed groups.

It said the site functioned as an “advanced observation and reconnaissance centre” and a weapons and explosives site as well as a coordination and communications hub for Palestinian fighters.

It also provided an aerial photograph showing what it said was the target site and which indicated that the building hit was located near two schools and a medical centre.

The army continues to enforce a siege on the camp on Monday morning, closing off all entrances with tractors.

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