Israel turns Jenin into military zone in escalating West Bank aggression

Ahram Online , Wednesday 29 Nov 2023

Despite an extension of the temporary truce in Gaza, the Israeli army escalated its aggression in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, storming cities and carrying out several arrests.

Palestinians inspect a house destroyed by Israeli forces during a military raid in the West Bank town of Tubas, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023. AP


Israeli forces launched a massive campaign of raids in the city of Jenin and the adjacent refugee camp, destroying infrastructure and private property, flying drones overhead, and clashing with residents.

A number of Palestinians were injured and arrested during the clashes, WAFA news agency reported.

Israeli forces also continued to besiege Ibn Sina Hospital, preventing the sick and wounded from reaching the hospital, according to hospital director Wissam Bakr.

Meanwhile, Israeli drones bombed a house and a vehicle in the camp.

The Israeli army declared the city of Jenin and its camp a closed military zone, deploying a large number of forces to several neighbourhoods.

Christos Christou, the international president of Doctors Without Borders, revealed that two Palestinians died of their wounds in the Jenin camp after Israeli forces prevented ambulances from reaching them.

Posting on X, formerly Twitter, he added that the Israeli army closed the entrances to Khalil Suleiman Hospital and the roads in the camp, and prevented ambulances from leaving for two hours.

Several arrests

Elsewhere in the West Bank on Wednesday, Israeli forces detained several Palestinians in Ramallah, Nablus, and Hebron.

The detainees included a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who was arrested at a military checkpoint between the town of Sinjil and the nearby village of Jiljilyya in north Ramallah.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners' Club, Israel has detained more than 3,200 Palestinians in the West Bank since it launched its war on Gaza on 7 October.

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