In a pre-dawn raid the morning of March 22 Israel military forces stormed the Jenin refugee camp, assassinating 3 people and wounding at least 14 others. Ma’an News identified the deceased as Hamza Abu al-Haija, 22, Mahmoud Abu Zeina, 17, Yazan Mahmoud Basim Jabarin, 22.
An estimated 15,000 mourners attended the funeral procession thru the streets of the camp later in the day, many chanting against PA President Mahmoud Abbas. “Where are you Abbas? They killed us while you watched.”
Allegations have been made the operation was carried out in coordination with the Palestinian Authority. According to Ynet “security officials” said after Israeli forces surrounded the building “Palestinian security services in the area were told to stay in their offices.”
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Abu al-Hija was a commander in the al-Qassam brigades, Abu Jabarin was a member of al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades and Abu Zeina was affiliated with al-Quds Brigades.
According to Israeli military sources Abu al-Hija, the son of a prominent Hamas leader jailed by Israel for the last 12 years, was a “ticking time bomb” and the target of the attack. He was wanted for “shooting and bombing attacks as well as planning future attacks” and the forces enter the camp allegedly in an attempt to arrest him. Al-Hija barricaded himself in his home, a battle ensued, Israeli forces gained entry and killed him.
Hamas information office issued a press release calling for “a new era of challenge and response to the occupation” and an end to negotiations and security coordination with Israel (Google translate):
“occupation unique to our people and our young people continue to be killed in the Judaization of Jerusalem and the settlements in the West , and people do not reap from security coordination only mass devastation.”
Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reports Palestinian factions vow to respond to Israeli escalation
GAZA, March 22 (KUNA) — Three Palestinian resistance factions have warned that they will resolutely retaliate against recent Israeli attacks on the West Bank which left three Palestinian civilians dead. The warning was given in a joint statement released Saturday by Ezz Al-Din al-Qassam Brigades,, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, Al-Quds Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamic Jihad Movement, and Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wind of Fatah Movement.
…..They vowed that the Israeli attack on Palestinians would not go unpunished and there would be strong retaliation from Palestinian resistance movements.
New York Times journalists Jodi Rudoren and Fares Akram reported Palestinian leaders were “outraged” by the attack and that this “raised to 60 the number of Palestinians killed” since the framework negotiations between Israel and the Palestine began last summer:Israeli Raid Leaves 3 Dead in West Bank Refugee Area
[Palestinian leaders] warned that what they described as a purposeful Israeli escalation in recent days threatened to scuttle the negotiations and spawn a surge of violence in the West Bank.
Nabil Abu Rudeineh, a spokesman for President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority, condemned the Israeli raid and called on the Obama administration “to move quickly to prevent the collapse of everything.”
The fragile negotiations are at a crucial moment. Washington is pressing for an extension of the talks’ nine-month timetable, but a disagreement between Israeli and Palestinian leaders over the terms for a release of Palestinian prisoners scheduled for this week could cause a breakdown.
— Tweet_Palestine (@Tweet_Palestine) March 22, 2014