Israeli Military Launches A Major Strike In West Bank City Of Jenin
The Israeli military launches a major strike in West Bank city of Jenin as part of a significant counterterrorism operation. The primary target of the operation was a command center utilized by militant fighters located within a refugee camp adjacent to the city.
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The Israeli military launches a major strike in West Bank city of Jeninas part of a significant counterterrorism operation. The primary target of the operation was a command center utilized by militant fighters located within a refugee camp adjacent to the city.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, the strikes resulted in the death of eight individuals and left over 100 others injured. Among the injured, ten were reported to be in critical condition, as stated by the ministry.
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched approximately 10 drone airstrikes, accompanied by the deployment of hundreds of soldiers, targeting what they claimed to be a militant "command and control" center, as well as facilities involved in weapons and explosive manufacturing.
According to a statement by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a US embassy event in Jerusalem on Monday evening:
In recent months, Jenin has become a safe haven for terrorists from that safe haven. Terrorists perpetrated savage attacks, murdering Israeli civilians, men, women, and children, as many children as they could find. As I speak, our troops are battling the terrorists with unyielding resolve and fortitude while doing everything, everything to avoid civilian casualties.- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Haaretz, an Israeli daily newspaper, reported that the Israeli army confirmed one of its soldiers sustained minor injuries from grenade shrapnel and was subsequently transported to a hospital.
Richard Hecht, a spokesperson for the Israeli army, informed reporters that an estimated seven militants were presumed to have been killed in the operation. Hecht disclosed that around 2,000 soldiers were participating in the mission, with military drones conducting a series of targeted strikes.
According to the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, the Israeli military established roadblocks within the refugee camp, occupied various houses and buildings, and positioned snipers on rooftops.
The Israeli army stated that their operation aimed at targeting a weapons storage facility, according to Haaretz. The report mentioned that a laboratory involved in the production of explosives, as well as components of a rocket launcher, were seized, along with other weapons.
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Haaretz also cited army sources, revealing that Israeli soldiers were conducting thorough searches for weapons within the refugee camp, resulting in the arrest of 20 Palestinians thus far.
Officials have indicated that Israeli forces could potentially remain in the camp for several days. Energy Minister Israel Katz, a member of the security cabinet, commented to Army radio that "An operation doesn't end in one day."
The US State Department emphasized the significance of implementing "all possible precautions to prevent the loss of civilian lives" during the Israeli military strikes.
"We support Israel's security and right to defend its people against Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and other terrorist groups," the Reuters news agency quoted a US State Department spokesperson as saying Monday.
The European Union, the United States, Japan, and various other nations have designated Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as terrorist organizations.
Jenin and its nearby refugee camp have witnessed several clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian militants in recent weeks, raising concerns among international observers about the escalating violence in the region. In a significant development, last month Israel carried out a drone strike near Jenin, resulting in the deaths of three gunmen. This incident marked the first drone strike in the West Bank since 2006.
According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, 147 Palestinians have been killed this year, while 23 Israelis have lost their lives during the same period. These numbers reflect the ongoing conflict and highlight the need for efforts to de-escalate tensions and promote a peaceful resolution.