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Zionist raid kills Palestinian man, wounds health worker

Kastouni shot while confronting Zionist forces: Jenin Brigades

JENIN: Zionist forces on Thursday killed a Palestinian man and shot a health worker during a raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, Palestinian and Zionist officials said. The West Bank has seen a surge in violence since early last year, with repeated Zionist army raids, violence by Jewish settlers against Palestinian communities and a string of attacks by Palestinians on Zionist targets. “Mustafa al-Kastouni, 32, was killed after being shot in the head, chest and abdomen by the occupation (Zionist forces) during an aggression on Jenin,” the Palestinian health ministry said in a statement.

Mahmud Saadi, director of the Palestinian Red Crescent in Jenin, told AFP that two people were injured in the raid, including a female medic who was shot in the chest and kidney. Jenin’s deputy governor, Kamal Abu al-Rub, said the woman was in a critical condition. Jamil Hardan, the owner of one of the buildings destroyed in the raid, told AFP that Zionist forces had entered Jenin at around 07:15 am. “A car stopped … followed by another silver car. Army special forces in military uniforms jumped out,” he said. “They kidnapped two young men from the street,” he said, adding that they shot Kastouni in the process.

The Zionist army said its forces entered Jenin to detain wanted Palestinians but provided no immediate comment when asked by AFP about the reported shooting of a healthcare worker. The military said the victim, whose last name it gave as Kumbua, “was shot and killed after shooting at the forces and attempting to flee during the apprehension attempt”. Zionist forces came under live fire as they detained two people and one soldier was lightly wounded by shrapnel, the army said in a statement. Forces “immediately responded with live fire and breached the building” where they found weapons, it added.

Rubble in the street

An AFP photographer saw Palestinians gathered following the raid around a heap of shattered timber and rubble in a narrow street of the city. The Jenin Brigades, a local armed group, said Kastouni was killed when fighters had confronted Zionist forces with “salvos of bullets and explosive devices” as the troops “infiltrated” Jenin. Kastouni himself was a fighter from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades, a militant group linked to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement, the Jenin Brigades said.

Zionists have occupied the West Bank since 1967 and their forces regularly carry out incursions into areas such as Jenin which are nominally under Abbas’s Palestinian Authority security control. At least 48 Palestinians including civilians and militants have been killed so far this year in Zionist raids on Jenin city and its refugee camp.

They are among at least 217 Palestinians killed this year in violence linked to the Zionist occupation, along with 28 Zionists, one Ukrainian and an Italian, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources on both sides. On the Zionist side, the figures include three members of Arab minority. Excluding annexed east Jerusalem, the West Bank is home to nearly three million Palestinians and around 490,000 Zionists, who live in settlements considered illegal under international law. – AFP

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