Israeli assault on Jenin refugee camp enters second day

TEL AVIV — Israel’s largest operation within the occupied West Financial institution in 20 years entered its second day on Tuesday, with intense raids, ambushes and firefights which have killed at the very least 10 Palestinians, compelled hundreds to flee their houses and included bulldozers lowering elements of the Jenin refugee camp to rubble.

In a sign that the operation might quickly be accomplished, the Israeli navy stated it had 10 targets remaining in Jenin. Far-right members of the federal government have referred to as for a long-term occupation of town, which has emerged over the previous yr as a hotbed for Palestinian militancy.

“There isn’t any level within the camp that we now have not been, together with the middle,” Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, an IDF spokesman, tweeted, including that troopers anticipated to have interaction with armed militants all through the day on Tuesday.

“The aim was to encircle the Jenin refugee camp because the capital of terrorism,” stated Eitan Dangot, a former Israeli navy coordinator for Palestinian civilian affairs within the Gaza Strip and West Financial institution, including that Israel anticipated the incursion to conclude by the top of the day.

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The Israeli military stated that, in a single day, it dismantled an “underground shaft that was used to retailer explosive gadgets within the coronary heart of the Jenin Camp.” The assertion added that troopers destroyed “two operational state of affairs rooms belonging to terrorist organizations within the space … a grenade launcher within the space of Jenin, and confiscated weapons and navy gear.”

Hagari stated that the entire 10 Palestinians killed and 120 arrested for the reason that begin of the operation on Monday have been combatants.

One other Israeli navy official, who spoke on the situation of anonymity as a result of sensitivity of the safety state of affairs, stated that one other 300 armed combatants have been nonetheless in Jenin, most in hiding.

In accordance with the Purple Cross, an estimated 3,000 Palestinians fled the camp in a single day, in search of shelter with members of the family outdoors the camp. The Israeli navy additionally suspected that some combatants had additionally fled in a single day, in accordance with Israeli media.

The extended floor incursion follows greater than a yr of near-nightly Israeli navy raids which have centered on the Jenin camp and the encircling space from the place many of fifty Palestinians who attacked Israelis have originated.

As West Financial institution violence has spiraled, Israel has repeatedly asserted that it goes to nice lengths to keep away from civilian casualties within the crossfire. However the navy raids which have in latest months turn into longer and extra incessantly in the course of the daytime have killed many civilians. The kinds of battles being fought and weapons getting used on the streets of Jenin are paying homage to the Palestinian rebellion from 2000 to 2005, referred to as the second intifada.

To date, 2023 is on tempo to turn into one of many deadliest years for Palestinians, with greater than 150 fatalities.

Mahmoud Balas, 47, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp stated that he, his spouse and 5 kids have been too afraid to flee their houses for the reason that operation started on Monday, whilst explosions and shootings boomed outdoors their doorways and electrical energy and water strains have been disrupted by the preventing.

“It’s worse than 2002,” he stated, referring to what grew to become referred to as the Battle of Jenin, which lasted greater than every week and resulted in at the very least 50 Palestinians and 23 Israeli troopers killed.

“They’re making an attempt to convey the camp and its individuals to its knees, as a result of it’s harming them,” Balas added. “However they won’t succeed, God keen.”

Many additionally anticipated that the operation would proceed to gas the cycle of violence.

“Buildings could crumble, vehicles could also be lowered to wreckage, and numerous people could also be detained, wounded and even martyred,” stated an announcement from Mostafa Sheta, director of Jenin refugee camp’s Freedom Theater, which was a middle of cultural Palestinian resistance all through the second intifada. “These actions will solely serve to breed a brand new technology that may carry the torch of resistance handed down by those that got here earlier than them, as we do at present, and as our youngsters will do sooner or later.”

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The Israeli military has stated it has to hold out counterterrorism operations as a result of the Palestinian Authority, which technically controls Jenin, is absent and militant teams like Hamas, Islamic Jihad and different smaller organizations are in management.

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem stated Tuesday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was chargeable for the escalation and that Jenin “has been and can stay unbreakable.”

Balousha reported from Gaza Metropolis. Sufian Taha in Jerusalem contributed to this report.


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