Palestinians look on as an Israeli armored vehicle rolls during a raid at the Jenin refugee camp, in the occupied West Bank on December 5, 2023. AFP
Israeli forces accompanied by 40 vehicles fired live ammunition, smoke grenades, and tear gas, eventually withdrawing after midnight, reported the Palestine News Agency (WAFA).
The attack injured seven people, including a child and a woman, who was later reported to be in critical condition, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.
At least 18 more civilians were arrested.
The forces raided residents’ homes in the city and camp, destroying personal property and stationing troops in several of the homes.
The attack also caused fires to break out in several homes.
The Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS) reported that the soldiers assaulted ambulance crews while they were attempting to transport the wounded from the camp.
Bulldozers also destroyed the infrastructure and vehicles on the outskirts of the camp and in its alleys and streets.
Students of the Arab American University were unable to return home due to the attack and were forced to take shelter in the school or nearby homes of friends and family.
The offensive also left several neighborhoods in Jenin without electricity after Israeli forces damaged electrical transformers.
Israel has attacked Jenin more than 15 times since the beginning of its war on Gaza on 7 October.