The World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed its deep concern over the rising violence and displacement in Jenin refugee camp, where Israeli occupation forces have been conducting raids and demolitions for several days.
The UN health agency said that the Israeli aggression has resulted in a high number of casualties, including deaths and injuries, among the Palestinian residents of the camp, which hosts more than 15,000 refugees.
“Health workers and health facilities must be respected and protected,” stressed WHO in a statement. “Safe passage for humanitarian access needs to be ensured.”
The situation in Jenin refugee camp continues to be closely monitored by WHO and other humanitarian organizations. The international community is urged to take action to protect the vulnerable population and ensure their access to essential health services.
The Jenin refugee camp was established in 1953 after the Nakba, or the ethnic cleansing of Palestine by Zionist militias in 1948. It has been a site of resistance and repression ever since, witnessing several massacres and invasions by Israeli forces.