February 21, 2024

By Aref Tufaha, Melanie Lidman and Wafaa Shurafa | Related Press

JENIN, West Financial institution — Israeli forces disguised as civilian ladies and medics stormed a hospital Tuesday within the occupied West Financial institution, killing three Palestinian militants in a dramatic raid that underscored how lethal violence has spilled into the territory from the struggle in Gaza.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the meantime dominated out a navy withdrawal from Gaza or the discharge of 1000’s of jailed militants — Hamas’ predominant two calls for for any cease-fire — casting doubt on the most recent efforts to finish a struggle that has destabilized the broader Center East.

The Palestinian Well being Ministry stated Israeli forces opened hearth contained in the Ibn Sina Hospital within the West Financial institution city of Jenin. A hospital spokesperson stated there was no trade of fireplace, indicating it was a focused killing.

Israel’s navy stated the militants have been utilizing the hospital as a hideout, with out offering proof. It alleged that a type of focused had transferred weapons and ammunition to others for a deliberate assault, purportedly impressed by the Hamas assault on southern Israel on Oct. 7 that triggered the struggle in Gaza.

Safety digital camera footage from the hospital reveals a couple of dozen undercover forces, most of them armed, carrying Muslim headscarves, hospital scrubs or white physician’s coats. One carried a rifle in a single arm and a folded wheelchair within the different.

NETANYAHU REJECTS HAMAS’ KEY DEMANDS

Netanyahu, talking at an occasion elsewhere within the West Financial institution, denied studies of a potential cease-fire deal to finish the struggle in Gaza and repeated his vow to maintain combating till “absolute victory” over Hamas.

“We won’t finish this struggle with out attaining all of our objectives,” stated Netanyahu, who’s below mounting strain from households of the hostages and the broader public to succeed in a deal. “We won’t withdraw the Israeli navy from the Gaza Strip and we won’t launch 1000’s of terrorists,” he stated.

On Tuesday, Hamas’ high political chief Ismail Haniyeh stated the group was finding out the most recent phrases for a deal, however that the precedence was the “full withdrawal” of Israeli forces from Gaza and that any settlement ought to result in a long-term cease-fire.

He stated Hamas’ management had been invited to Cairo to proceed talks. The militant group, which has reached lopsided trade offers with Israel previously, is predicted to demand the discharge of 1000’s of Palestinian prisoners, together with high-profile militants, in trade for the remaining hostages.

Qatar and Egypt, which mediate with Hamas, have held talks with Israel and the USA in current days. U.S. officers stated negotiators had made progress towards a deal, together with the phased launch of the remaining hostages over a two-month interval and the entry of extra humanitarian assist into Gaza.

The struggle in Gaza started when a whole lot of Hamas-led militants stormed into southern Israel, killing about 1,200 folks, largely civilians, and abducting about 250 others. Over 100 have been launched throughout a weeklong cease-fire in November in trade for 240 Palestinians imprisoned by Israel.

Israel’s offensive has killed greater than 26,700 folks in Gaza, in keeping with the Well being Ministry within the Hamas-run territory. The ministry rely doesn’t distinguish between fighters and civilians, but it surely says about two-thirds of the useless are ladies and minors.

The struggle has leveled huge swaths of the tiny coastal enclave, displaced 85% of its inhabitants, and pushed 1 / 4 of residents to hunger. The U.N. has warned of an additional deterioration after a number of nations froze funding to the primary assist supplier in Gaza following Israeli claims {that a} dozen of its employees participated within the Oct. 7 assault.

HOSPITALS HAVE BECOME BATTLEGROUNDS

Israel has come below heavy criticism for its raids on hospitals in Gaza, which have handled tens of 1000’s of Palestinians wounded within the struggle and offered vital shelter for displaced folks.

Gaza’s well being care system, which was already feeble earlier than the struggle, is on the breaking point, buckling below the scores of sufferers, the shortage of gas and medical requirements restricted by Israeli restrictions and repeated interruptions from combating in and close to the services.

Israel says militants use hospitals as cowl. The navy says it has discovered underground tunnels within the neighborhood of hospitals and situated weapons and automobiles used within the Oct. 7 assault on hospital grounds.

The Palestinian Purple Crescent stated Israeli forces raided the Al-Amal Hospital within the southern Gaza metropolis of Khan Younis on Tuesday, the place about 7,000 displaced folks have been sheltering.

In a publish on X, the rescue service stated Israeli tanks lined up exterior the hospital have been firing stay ammunition and smoke grenades on the folks inside. Raed al-Nims, a spokesperson for the help group, stated everybody was ordered to evacuate.

The Israeli navy stated with out elaborating that its forces have been working within the space of the hospital however not inside it.

WEST BANK CRACKDOWN

Violence within the West Financial institution has additionally surged since Oct. 7, as Israel has cracked down on suspected militants, killing greater than 380 Palestinians, in keeping with the Palestinian Well being Ministry. Most have been killed in confrontations with Israeli forces throughout arrest raids or violent protests.

The navy stated that in Tuesday’s hospital raid, forces killed Mohammed Jalamneh, 27, who it stated was planning an imminent assault. The 2 different males killed, brothers Basel and Mohammed Ghazawi, have been hiding contained in the hospital and have been concerned in assaults, the navy stated.

The navy didn’t present particulars on how the three have been killed. Its assertion stated Jalamneh was armed with a pistol however made no point out of an trade of fireplace.

Hamas claimed the three males as members, calling the operation “a cowardly assassination.”