Deadly raid in Jenin: the Palestinian Authority ends its security coordination with Israel

Clashes erupted with the Israeli army in Jenin following the deadly raid that claimed the lives of nine Palestinians this Thursday, January 26, 2023. AP - Majdi Mohammed

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This announcement follows an Israeli military raid on Thursday January 26 in the refugee camp of Jenin, a city in the north of the occupied West Bank, in which nine Palestinians were killed.


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In light of the repeated aggressions against our people and violations of signed agreements, including security ones, we consider that the security coordination with the Israeli occupation government ceases to exist from now on

 ," the official said in a statement. office of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Palestinian Authority had already taken a similar decision in May 2020 to protest against an Israeli plan to annex parts of the West Bank, Palestinian territory occupied by the Israeli army since 1967. Security coordination between Israelis and Palestinians – inherited from the agreements Oslo peace agreement (1993) which led to the creation of the Palestinian Authority – resumed in November 2020. Its suspension had an effect in particular on the transfers of Palestinian patients to Israeli hospitals.

Nine Palestinians killed

The Palestinian announcement follows an Israeli military incursion on Thursday morning into the Jenin refugee camp, in which nine Palestinians were killed.

The Israeli army said it carried out a " 


operation" there targeting members of the Islamic Jihad organization who, according to Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, were planning an attack in Israel.

It is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the outbreak of violence between the Israeli army and the Islamic Jihad in Gaza during which at least 49 Palestinians, including combatants, but also civilians including children , had perished in three days in August 2022. The Palestinian Authority denounced "a massacre" and announced that it was ending security cooperation with Israel, a first since 2020.

► To read also: Occupied West Bank: the year 2023 begins in violence with more than one Palestinian killed per day

The US State Department said it regretted this decision, deeming it " 

very important that the parties maintain, even deepen, their security coordination


The head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, is due to visit Israel and the West Bank on Monday and Tuesday to insist, according to Washington, on “ 

the urgent need to take de-escalation measures






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