Israeli army kills resistance fighter and man who tried to save him

In Jenin refugee camp, Israeli forces killed resistance fighter Adham Jabareen. When eyewitness Jawad Bawaqneh tried to save him, he was also shot and killed by Israeli forces

Mourners attend the funeral of Jawad Bawaqneh and Adham Jabareen in Jenin, 19 January 2023

Mariam Barghouti reports in Mondoweiss:

On Thursday, January 19, Israeli forces invaded Jenin refugee camp in the northern occupied West Bank and killed two Palestinians, and injured two others.

Adham Mohammad Bassem Jabareen, 28, and Jawad Foad Hussein Bawaqneh, 57, were killed by Israeli gunfire as soldiers raided the camp, firing teargas, stun grenades, and live ammunition, according to local sources.

The two martyrs were carried from Ibn Sina hospital around noon on Thursday and taken to their final resting place.

The latest assault on the camp brings the number of Palestinians killed within the first three weeks of 2023 to 17. Nine of the 17 were killed in Jenin — six resistance fighters and four children.

Raid in the night
Shortly after midnight, at 2:30 a.m., alarms around Jenin refugee camp began to sound. As Israeli forces moved towards the camp, resistance fighters responded with explosive devices and live ammunition directed at military vehicles. According to a statement from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad’s armed wing, Al-Quds Brigade, the confrontations lasted for hours.

By 4:00 a.m., Israeli soldiers took over one of the residential buildings near the entrance of Jenin refugee camp, occupying one of its apartments and using it as a temporary military base for the remainder of the ongoing assault. The electricity in the camp was also cut off as the army moved further inward.

Footage collected through CCTV cameras shows the soldiers firing high-velocity teargas canisters within the narrow alleyways of Jenin and its refugee camp.

Youth from the camp confronted the soldiers, a common occurrence in Jenin over the past year. Moreover, the reality of facing imprisonment or knowing someone who is imprisoned has become as widespread as it is inevitable for Palestinian youth, further motivating them to confront the invading military forces.

By 6:00 a.m. Adham Jabareen had been killed with a bullet to the chest, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health. Details have not yet emerged regarding how he was killed.

Jabareen had been imprisoned in Israeli prisons for two years and eight months shortly before his death. According to reports from local journalists, after his release, Jabareen had joined armed confrontations with the Al-Quds Brigades. And as Palestinian armed resistance abandons factional and political loyalties in the face of Israel’s Operation Break the Wave, Jabareen was also fighting outside of Jenin during Israeli military invasions.

According to local reports, Jabareen had been not only part of the Jenin Brigade, but also active in the Lions’ Den armed resistance group operating out of the Old City of Nablus.

Everyone is a target
Shortly after the shooting of Jabareen, a local gym teacher and father of six, Jawad Baqawneh attempted to reach the injured fighter near his home. According to local journalists, the 57-year-old was killed by a sniper shot. “It wasn’t one shot or two shots or three shots, it was more than eight shots,” Baqawneh’s son said in an interview circulating on social media, recalling his father’s execution.

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