At least 18 Palestinians were killed today to conflicts by Israeli army in various areas in the occupied West Bankthe 14 of them in Jenina stronghold of armed groups, according to the Palestinian Authority’s health ministry.
The raid on Jenin is the deadliest operation by Israeli forces on the West Bank from 2005based on the United Nations count.
According to the ministry, four Palestinians were killed in other areas: one in Balata refugee camp near Nablus, one in Al Amari near Ramallah, one in Dura and one in Beit Fajjar near Hebron. Among the victims was one 15 year old boy.
In Jenin, Palestinian Red Crescent reported that one savior her was injured “from bullets in the back”.
Late tonight, the Israeli military announced that it had carried out an “anti-terrorist operation in the (refugee) camp of Jenin” in which “more than 10 terrorists were killed” and “more than 20 wanted suspects were arrested.”
Among them were two of its members Islamic Jihad who were “shooting” or “endangering” the soldiers. The army also said it seized some weapons (rifle, carbines, pistol) and said it destroyed “an underground tunnel containing ready-to-use explosive devices”.
The city of Jenin and the neighboring camp, home to about 23,000 people, according to the UN, have seen regular clashes in recent months. Jenin, like all major cities in the West Bank, is under the control of the Palestinian Authority and its security forces.
But the Israeli military says its operations are being carried out “due to a significant increase in terrorist attacks” in the West Bank since the war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip began. It even claims that there have been more than 550 attempted attacks since October 7.
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