According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the IDF conducted a counterterrorism operation in Jenin overnight Sunday, attacking local terrorist infrastructure.
The spokesman stated: “Security forces are currently operating in an extensive counterterrorism effort in the area of the city of Jenin and the Jenin refugee camp.”
Later, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), security forces attacked a joint operations center in Judea and Samaria as part of a significant counterterrorism operation.
This center served as the joint operational command center for the refugee camp and members of the “Jenin Brigade.”
The operational command center was also a hub for coordination and communication among the terrorists, a place where armed terrorists would congregate before and after terrorist acts, a location for weapons and explosives, and an advanced observation and reconnaissance center.
Additionally, the command center served as a haven for those wanted in connection with previous local terror incidents.
Arab-Palestinian reports claimed to have heard a huge explosion nearby. According to the health department of the Palestinian Authority, the operation resulted in the deaths of eight terrorists and the injuries of tens of others.
Additionally, it was claimed that a drone was used in the attack and that troops entered the city from a number of different entrances.
The refugee camp’s electricity has been shut off in several areas, according to Palestinian Arab media.
In order to target IDF vehicles entering the town, explosive devices had been concealed under a number of the roads leading to Jenin, which the IDF engineering corps dug up.
The operation will last as long as necessary, a diplomatic source said, adding that it aims to “end Jenin’s role as a city of refuge for terrorism.”
The operation was approved by the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defense about ten days ago on the recommendation of the security establishment.
The operations in Jenin are regularly reported to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. In a statement on the operation, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant stated, “Over the last hours, Israeli security forces have been battling terror hotspots in the city of Jenin.
We’ll take a proactive and resolute stance against terrorism. Anyone who hurts Israeli civilians will pay a high price. ”
We continuously monitor our opponents’ activities, and Israel’s defense system is ready for every contingency. I applaud the IDF and special operations for their activities and tenacity,” he continued.
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