Three Palestinians wounded, two arrested in Israeli raid on Jenin
Three Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces and two more arrested on Thursday in an Israeli military raid on the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, according to local sources.
Israeli forces entered the city from the north shortly after sunrise and headed to the city centre, exchanging fire with armed Palestinians, local witnesses told The New Arab.
Footage circulated of Israeli soldiers taking cover during the raid as the sound of gunfire rang out.
The raid lasted for an hour and a half before Israeli forces withdrew from the city, according to local media reports.
Two Palestinians suffered upper body wounds, the reports added.
IOF fled during clashes with Palestinian resistance fighters in Jenin some time ago, and it should be noted that three Palestinian youths were injured in these clashes.#FreePalestine #فلسطين 𓂆 🇵🇸#SahabatPalestina_ID pic.twitter.com/uM6cQlYkIq— ғᴏʀᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴘᴀʟᴇsᴛɪɴᴇ (@Forever__Pal06) February 17, 2022
Israeli forces raided Jenin on Tuesday, arresting a Palestinian man in his fifties. On Monday, a 17-year-old Palestinian died after he was shot by Israeli forces during a raid on a village west of Jenin.
Local observers say the Israeli army has ramped up its raids on Jenin in recent weeks.
“Each time, the Israeli army enters with large forces and installs snipers on rooftops”, local journalist Shatha Hanayesh told The New Arab.
“They seem to try to avoid clashing with Palestinian militants, but clashes have become the rule now. There is a shootout almost at every raid”, she said.
“Israeli forces have been avoiding the Jenin refugee camp, thought to be a concentration of Palestinian fighters”.
Israeli occupation forces have detained two Palestinian young men after breaking into their houses in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, this morning. pic.twitter.com/q5NLnPmCJ0— Palestine Electronic Forces (@PEFMISSIONS) February 17, 2022
Tensions have been rising in the Jenin area since the Gilboa prison break in September, with repeated armed clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces. Two of the prison breakers were eventually recaptured by Israeli forces in the Jenin refugee camp.
Life in Jenin "continues as normal”, Hanayesh said, “but there is a general feeling of uncertainty among people. They expect the next raid at any time”.