Israeli forces raid Jenin camp again, injure several people ahead of slain reporter’s funeral
Israeli military forces have once again raided the Jenin refugee camp, hours before the funeral of veteran Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was fatally shot by the regime’s troops as she was covering one of Israeli military’s raids on the camp.
Palestinian sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said several Israeli military vehicles rolled into the Jenin camp on Friday morning, triggering violent confrontations with local residents.
Israeli troops opened live fire and shot rubber-coated bullets at young Palestinians, who were attempting to block their passage.
The sources added that at least six people, including former Palestinian prisoner Daoud al-Zubaidi, were struck with bullets and were transferred to a nearby hospital to receive medical treatment.
Palestinian media outlets also reported that Israeli forces blew up a Palestinian house in the Jenin refugee camp.
The forces surrounded the house belonging to Mahmoud al-Daba’i, with Israeli snipers deployed in large numbers in the surrounding areas.
An Israeli military bulldozer and several military vehicles stormed the area shortly after the shelling of Daba’i’s house.
Local sources said Israeli forces detained the Palestinian man’s mother and used her as a hostage to compel him to surrender.
The development came as the body of Abu Akleh had been transferred to the holy city of the al-Quds from the occupied West Bank.
Thousands of mourners are expected to attend the funeral at a church in the Old City of al-Quds on Friday afternoon.
Abu Akleh was given a full state memorial on Thursday at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s compound in Ramallah.
Thousands lined the route as her coffin, draped in the Palestinian flag, was driven through the central West Bank city, where a street is to be named in her honor.
Abu Akleh was hit by a live bullet on Wednesday while covering an Israeli raid against the city of Jenin. She was rushed to the hospital and was declared dead shortly afterward.
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