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Jenin attack: Israel kills ten Palestinians, Doctors Without Borders condemns denial of medical access

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Israeli forces launch air attacks and ground raids carried out by hundreds of soldiers, killing at least nine Palestinians in the largest military operation in Jenin in 20 years. A tenth Palestinian is shot dead by Israeli soldiers near Ramallah.

International medical charity Doctors without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) has called for health workers to be “assured of unhindered access” to those in need of medical care in Jenin amid the Israeli military’s largest raid on the city’s refugee camp in more than 20 years.

According to the organisation, all roads leading to Jenin refugee camp have been blocked by Israeli forces “for the duration of the military operation despite the presence of patients in need of care inside the refugee camp”.

“Beyond killing and injuring people, this military operation has also affected health structures and obstructed the medical response to the emergency,” the organisation said in a statement.

Israeli “military bulldozers destroyed multiple roads leading to the Jenin refugee camp, making it nearly impossible for ambulances to reach patients,” MSF said.

“Additionally, Palestinian paramedics have been forced to proceed on foot to reach people in need of desperate medical treatment in an area with active gunfire and drone strikes,” it added.

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