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The Palestinian Authority (PA) ended its security coordination with Israel following a deadly raid in Jenin and its refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, which left 10 people dead.
The announcement was made by a spokesperson of PA President Mahmoud Abbas on 26 January.
“In light of the repeated aggression against our people and the undermining of signed agreements, including security, we consider that security coordination with the Israeli occupation government no longer exists as of now,” said the statement released after a meeting of the Palestinian leadership.
Despite centering around Jenin and its camp, the Israeli raids also targeted several homes and refugee camps across the West Bank, including Ramallah’s Al-Amari camp and Jerusalem’s Shuafat camp, as well as the towns of Silwan, Sur Baher, Al-Tur, and Al-Isawiya.
According to reports, the Jenin Brigade of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) detonated an explosive device inside an Israeli military jeep, resulting in “casualties in their ranks.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken will travel to Egypt, Israel, and the occupied West Bank amid the escalation of Israeli violence.
The State Department announced his visit shortly after the incident, saying Blinken would leave Washington on 28 January to visit Cairo, Jerusalem, and Ramallah.
“With both Israeli and Palestinian leaders, the secretary will underscore the urgent need for the parties to take steps to deescalate tensions in order to put an end to the cycle of violence that has claimed too many innocent lives,” spokesman Ned Price said.
Meanwhile, the government of Saudi Arabia also condemned the raid in occupied Jenin by the Israeli army. The Saudi Foreign Ministry said it condemns the “storming of the city” that resulted in “the fall of a number of victims.”
Israel has increased its violent tactics against Palestinians since the start of the year, killing at least 29 people in just 26 days.