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Israeli Forces End Fatal Operation In West Bank City

Israeli forces end fatal operation in West Bank City, pulling back its troops from a militant stronghold. This intense operation resulted in the deaths of at least 13 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, as well as displacing thousands of people and causing significant damage to the area.

Hilda Workman
Jul 06, 202314535 Shares363364 Views
Israeli forces end fatal operation in West Bank City, pulling back its troops from a militant stronghold. This intense operation resulted in the deaths of at least 13 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier, as well as displacing thousands of people and causing significant damage to the area.
The army claimed to have dealt a severe blow to militant groups in the Jenin refugee camp through a combination of airstrikes and the deployment of numerous ground troops. This marked the largest-scale Israeli military operation in the occupied Palestinian territory in nearly two decades.
However, it remains uncertain whether this operation will have any lasting impact, given the prolonged period of heavy conflict in the West Bank over the past year and a half. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, prior to the withdrawal, pledged to undertake further operations if deemed necessary.
According to him:
At these moments we are completing the mission, and I can say that our extensive operation in Jenin is not a one-off. We will eradicate terrorism wherever we see it and we will strike at it.- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
The raid in Jenin marked one of the most intense Israeli military operations in the West Bank since the conclusion of an armed Palestinian uprising against Israel's long-standing occupation nearly two decades ago. Since early 2022, Israel has been conducting frequent raids in the West Bank in response to a series of lethal Palestinian attacks. These raids are stated to be aimed at cracking down on Palestinian militants, as the Palestinian Authority is perceived as lacking the ability to control armed groups.
According to Palestinians, such violence is an inevitable outcome of 56 years of occupation and the absence of any political resolution with Israel. They also highlight the escalation in West Bank settlement construction and acts of violence perpetrated by extremist settlers.
In the early hours of Monday, Israel carried out airstrikes on the camp, which has long been regarded as a stronghold for Palestinian militants. The operation's stated objective was to dismantle and seize weapons within the area.
Large military bulldozers plowed through narrow alleyways, causing significant damage to roads and buildings. As a result, thousands of residents fled the camp, seeking safety either with relatives or in shelters. The disruption caused the loss of electricity and water services. The Israeli army justified the use of bulldozers by citing the presence of explosives and booby traps along the roads.
On Wednesday morning, as the troops withdrew, residents cautiously emerged from their homes. To their dismay, they encountered streets filled with burned and flattened cars, as well as heaps of rubble, symbolizing the extent of the destruction caused by the operation.
The Israeli military reported seizing numerous weapons, bomb-making materials, and substantial amounts of money during the operation. Weapons were discovered in both militant hideouts and civilian areas, including a mosque where they were concealed, according to the military's statement.

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The withdrawal from the area occurred shortly after a Hamas militant drove his car into a busy bus stop in Tel Aviv and proceeded to stab multiple individuals, resulting in eight injuries, including a pregnant woman who reportedly suffered the loss of her baby. The attacker was subsequently killed by an armed bystander. Hamas claimed responsibility for the attack, citing it as retribution for the Israeli offensive.
In the early hours of Wednesday, Hamas-affiliated militants in Gaza launched five rockets toward Israel, all of which Israel claimed to have successfully intercepted. In response, Israeli jets conducted airstrikes on multiple locations in Gaza. Meanwhile, in Jenin, clashes persisted until shortly before the withdrawal on Wednesday morning.
According to the Israeli military, a late Tuesday airstrike targeted a group of militants within a cemetery in Jenin. The military asserted that these gunmen posed a threat to the forces leaving the camp. Both Israeli and Palestinian officials reported ongoing fighting near a hospital in Jenin on Tuesday night. An Associated Press reporter on-site could hear the sounds of explosions and gunfire.
According to Palestinian health officials, the Israeli raid resulted in the death of 13 Palestinians and left dozens wounded. The Israeli military has stated that it targeted only militants but has not provided specific information regarding the casualties.
This extensive raid occurred during a period of heightened violence that has posed challenges for Prime Minister Netanyahu's far-right government. The government, which is predominantly composed of ultranationalists, has advocated for more stringent measures against Palestinian militants. However, the ongoing conflict has shown that such actions have not successfully curbed the escalation of hostilities.
Since the beginning of this year, the West Bank has witnessed more than 140 Palestinian fatalities, while Palestinian attacks targeting Israelis have claimed the lives of at least 25 people. Among these incidents was a recent shooting that resulted in the deaths of four settlers.
The sustained nature of the military operation has raised concerns from humanitarian organizations about the worsening situation on the ground. Doctors Without Borders accused the Israeli army of firing tear gas into a hospital, causing the emergency room to fill with smoke and forcing medical staff to treat emergency patients in a main hall.
The United Nations human rights chief expressed alarm at the extensive scale of the operation, citing its potential violations of international human rights norms and standards, particularly regarding the right to life. Residents of the camp, such as Kefah Ja'ayyasah, have reported incidents where soldiers forcibly entered their homes and locked their families inside.
According to her:
They took the young men of my family to the upper floor, and they left the women and children trapped in the apartment at the first floor.- Kefah Ja'ayyasah, one of the residents at a camp in the West Bank City
Kefah Ja'ayyasah recounted how soldiers prevented her from providing food to her children and obstructed an ambulance crew from entering her home when she called for assistance. Eventually, the soldiers allowed her family to proceed to a hospital.
In response to the Israeli raid, Palestinians throughout the West Bank observed a general strike as a form of protest. The raid exhibited similarities to Israeli military tactics employed during the second Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s, involving airstrikes and a significant presence of ground troops. However, it differed in terms of its limited scope.

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Israel gained control of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip during the 1967 Mideast War. The Palestinians aspire to establish an independent state in these territories.
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