In a “massive counter-terrorism operation”, the Israeli army struck targets in Jenin, in the occupied West Bank. According to the Palestinian Ministry of Health, one resident was killed and another injured.
The Israeli army announced on Monday, July 3, to strike targets in the city of Jenin, in the occupied West Bank, as part of a “vast anti-terrorist operation”.
“One citizen was killed and another seriously injured in the shelling in the (Israeli) occupied area of Jenin,” the Palestinian health ministry said.
The Israeli army said its forces struck a “joint operations center” which it said served as a command center for the “Jenin Brigade”, a local militant group.
“There are aerial bombardments and a ground invasion,” Mahmoud al-Saadi, director of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Jenin, told AFP. “Several houses and sites have been bombed…Smoke is rising everywhere.”
Palestinian Islamic Jihad said in a statement that “all options are open to strike at the enemy (Israel) in response to its aggression in Jenin.”
Repeated raids in the region
In June, seven people were killed, including two 15-year-olds in an Israeli army raid on a refugee camp in Jenin.
During this raid, the army also fired missiles from a helicopter, which had not happened in the West Bank since 2002, during the second Palestinian intifada, according to a Palestinian official.
The city of Jenin, located in the northern West Bank, and the adjacent refugee camp are regularly the scene of clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians. The Israeli army regularly carries out raids in the region, which is theoretically under the control of the Palestinian Authority, chaired by Mahmoud Abbas.
Source: France 24