The IDF revealed on Tuesday that the mosque in the Jenin refugee camp where Palestinian terrorists locked themselves had a tunnel going to a neighboring kindergarten.
Using technical means, soldiers working with Shin Bet at the al-Ansar mosque in the camp found the tunnel, followed its path, and “neutralized” it.
On a map made public by the army, one tunnel can be seen leading into a nearby kindergarten. Lt. Col. M., a mission participant, claimed that “the mosque’s excavations turned it into a fortified target.”
The IDF published images of trenches found in the mosque that were filled with guns, explosives, and military equipment on Monday.
Since Monday morning, Israeli authorities have been conducting operations in the camp, discovering bomb-making facilities, a home-built rocket launcher, explosives, firearms, and military equipment.
Ten Palestinians were killed by Israeli troops, according to the Israel Defense Forces, who also claimed that “all the dead were involved in combat” and that 120 wanted terrorist suspects had been detained since Monday morning.
In Jenin, the IDF is still looking for 350 terrorists, 160 of whom it thinks are still within the camp.
According to IDF spokesperson R. Adm. Daniel Hagari said fighting had damaged the camp’s water and power, and the army’s representative to the Palestinians was working with the Palestinian Authority to fix the damage.
According to Hagari, “We damaged roads where there were hidden explosives, and that’s how this happened.
On Monday, about 3,000 of the 18,000 camp inhabitants left. In the nearby houses and schools, they were seeking refuge.
Jenin camp was established in 1953 and is sometimes referred to by Palestinians as the “Martyr’s Capital.” Between 2000 and 2003, during the Second Intifada, at least 28 suicide bombers originated from the Jenin camp.
Both Israelis and Palestinians alike expected the invasion as Palestinian terrorism in northern Samaria increased.
Terrorists have been responsible for 28 fatalities since the year 2023 began. Northern Samaria is not a very powerful area for the Palestinian Authority.
Mid-June saw the launch of the first rocket from Jenin, which was followed by an exceptionally huge bomb that was buried beneath a road and injured seven troops.
In Samaria, the IDF used an airborne drone to murder three terrorists on purpose, a method that has not been used in Judea and Samaria in 20 years.