The Jenin refugee camp has been the scene of fierce combat between Palestinian terrorist organizations and the Israel Defense Forces since early Monday morning.
Some 18,0000 Palestinians live in the camp, which is crammed into a space just 0.2 square miles (0.5 square kilometers) in size.
At least 28 Palestinian suicide bombers came from the Jenin camp between 2000 and 2003, during the Second Intifada. The camp was founded in 1953 and is sometimes referred to by the Palestinians as the “Martyr’s Capital.”
Particularly for individuals affiliated with Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and many other smaller local organizations, the refugee camp developed into a hotbed of terrorism.
Iran directly supports the PIJ, but other groups frequently receive indirect backing. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is in charge of Tehran’s contacts with Palestinian terrorist organizations as well as its other regional proxy forces.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the top leader of Iran, said in 2014, “I believe the West Bank should be armed just like Gaza.
Tens of millions of shekels have been sent to terror organizations in the camp by Hamas and Islamic Jihad in 2023 alone.
The refugee camp turned into a bastion of horror, especially for those whose outcomes are self-evident.
In 2023, the Jenin Camp was the source of 50 assaults on Israelis. Nineteen terrorists have carried out strikes since September and then escaped to the camp.
Israeli officials had already destroyed ten homes inside the camp in 2023. One PIJ terrorist who was killed in an Israeli bombing in Gaza in May had been working to equip the terrorist organization in Jenin with missile capability.
Additionally, the grade of the explosive charges being utilized in the camp has improved, according to Israeli intelligence.
On Monday, soldiers searching the camp found a weapons lab and an unlicensed rocket launcher.
The Palestinian Authority launched a significant security effort in 2022, but it was immediately undermined by the terror organizations’ improved morale and lack of cooperation.
Later, Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, fired the operation’s commander.
Israel faced intense, well-armed opposition when it attacked the camp in 2002. There were booby traps placed all around the camp, but Israeli forces used armored bulldozers to remove most of the explosives.
In order to avoid being exposed to traps outside, soldiers also proceeded within the camp while engaging in house-to-house combat by making holes in the walls.
Israel is being compelled to revert to those strategies twenty years later.