Israeli occupation forces opened fire at Palestinian journalists on Monday while he was covering a deadly raid on the city of Jenin and its refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, witnesses and media reports said.
Hafiz Abu Sabra, a journalist, said that Israeli occupation forces directly opened gunfire at his vehicle while he was covering the assault near the entrance of the camp, causing damage.
The Israeli soldiers also opened fire at Hazem Nasser, a photojournalist at al-Ghad TV channel, who was surrounded by Israeli occupation forces and feared for his life, according to journalists at the scene.
The Palestinian Journalists Syndicate condemned the attack and called for international protection for Palestinian journalists who face “systematic targeting” by Israeli occupation forces.
The Israeli occupation military said it launched a raid on Jenin, adding that Israeli soldiers came under fire which resulted in a “massive exchange of fire”.
The occupation military said it used helicopters to shoot at alleged gunmen in Jenin and that seven Israeli soldiers were wounded and transferred to a hospital.
The Palestinian health ministry said that five Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, were killed and 66 others were wounded, 10 of them in critical condition, during the raid.
Jenin has been the scene of frequent clashes between Israeli occupation forces and Palestinian resistance fighters. In March, four Palestinians were killed during a raid on the camp. In January, 10 Palestinians were killed in another operation in the camp – the deadliest single raid in the West Bank for 20 years.