Israeli forces kill at least nine Palestinians in the occupied West Bank as major military operation continues in the Jenin refugee camp.

By Arwa Ibrahim, Al Jazeera

Israel’s bloody incursion against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank continues with growing calls for the protection of civilians and fears the tense situation could explode into another devastating war.

Jenin, Palestine bombed by Israel

The ground-and-air attack on the Jenin refuge camp on Monday was the largest military operation in the occupied territory since the 2000-2005 Second Intifada – or mass Palestinian uprising against Israel’s decades-long occupation.

The ongoing incursion killed at least eight people including two children. A ninth Palestinian was also shot dead by Israeli soldiers near Ramallah.

Nidal Obeidi, the mayor of Jenin, said the attack was “a real massacre and an attempt to wipe out all aspects of life inside the city and the camp”.

“Those being targeted now are not just the resistance fighters but civilians are being killed and wounded as well,” he told Al Jazeera.

The municipality of Jenin announced water and electricity services had been cut off from the refugee camp because of ongoing combat. The Palestine Red Crescent said at least 3,000 people were evacuated from Jenin.

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