In an operation that Israel described as the largest since the Second Intifada (2000-2005), with the participation of about 1,000 soldiers, including Arabists, and more than 200 Israeli tanks and armored vehicles, warplanes and drones, the occupation forces stormed the city of Jenin in the West Bank, today (Monday), which led As a result, 7 people were killed and 30 wounded.
Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen said that Israel does not intend to expand the scope of the military operation in Jenin to include the entire occupied West Bank. And he said in a press conference that the goal of the operation is to focus on Jenin. While the Israeli army stated that the Jenin operation is still continuing, and we will continue to work to thwart the threats, pointing out that one of its soldiers was wounded by a hand grenade during the operation, and added that it targeted 10 locations with air strikes. The director of Jenin Hospital announced the registration of 7 dead and more than 30 wounded, adding that 10 critically injured people are in intensive care and the number is on the rise.
Israeli planes targeted several sites inside and outside Jenin camp with missiles. In the aftermath of the bombing, large army forces, accompanied by armored military bulldozers, stormed the city of Jenin from several axes, besieged the Jenin camp, cut off the roads linking the city and the camp, seized a number of houses and buildings overlooking the camp, deployed their snipers on their roofs, and cut off the electricity supply to the camp. large parts of the camp. Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli army launched a series of raids on the camp, one of which targeted the Jenin camp club, according to the Arab World News Agency. According to witnesses, more than one building inside the camp caught fire.
Concurrent with the air raids, Palestinian sources reported that dozens of military vehicles began entering Jenin and its camp from several axes. She said that the sounds of clashes and explosions are heard sequentially in more than one location. Witnesses added that the Israeli army sent text messages to the phones of Palestinians in the city of Jenin and its camp, inviting them to stay in their homes and protect their families.
In turn, the Israeli army spokesman, Avichai Adraei, stated that the army is carrying out a series of operational activities inside the city of Jenin and its camp, as we are concentrating efforts to thwart activities by targeting infrastructure, carrying out arrests of activists from Palestinian organizations, targeting headquarters and operations rooms, and confiscating weapons and explosive devices.
He added that the Israeli forces began targeting a command headquarters and a unified operations room for the factions located in the heart of Jenin camp, in which militants and weapons were present. After that, marchers raided positions and weapons.
Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper quoted an Israeli military official as saying that the decision to carry out the massive military operation in Jenin was taken a year ago and was postponed several times. It explained that hundreds of Israeli soldiers are taking part in the operation, which aims to “restore deterrence” in the northern West Bank.
The skies of Jenin and its camp are witnessing an intense flight of the Israeli occupation planes, whether Apaches or reconnaissance planes.
For its part, the Palestinian Presidency affirmed in a statement that security and stability will not be achieved in the region unless our Palestinian people feel it. The official spokesman for the presidency, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, said that what the Israeli government is doing in the city of Jenin and its camp is “a new war crime against our defenseless people.”
The joint room of the resistance factions called on the Palestinians in all cities, villages and camps, especially around Jenin, to activate the confrontation with the occupation, support Jenin, and teach the enemy harsh lessons in response to its aggression.