The Israel Defense Forces, Border Police and Shin Bet security forces carried out an operation to capture wanted suspects in the Jenin refugee camp in the northern West Bank on Monday, the IDF confirmed.
Israeli forces succeeded in capturing a number of wanted suspects, two of whom were injured during the arrest and were flown to a hospital by helicopter, Palestinian sources claimed.
No injuries were reported among Israeli forces.
Firefights with armed gunmen erupted as the Israeli forces entered the refugee camp, resulting in four Palestinians sustaining light injuries, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The suspects were arrested in connection with the attempts to fire improvised rockets toward Jewish settlements in northern Samaria and the Gilboa region in the last months, according to Israel's Army Radio.
Those arrested are reportedly active in the Al-Ayyash Brigades, which identifies itself as a military wing of the Hamas terror organization.
Palestinians showed photos on social media of what they claim to be an IDF drone that was shot down during the operation in Jenin.
Ynet reported that the drone, indeed, belonged to the IDF, but that it was not shot down.
Instead, IDF special forces used a suicide drone called ‘Maoz’ against a group of armed Palestinians that fired on them.
A Hamas spokesperson praised the resistance of the Palestinian gunmen against the IDF troops and added that “the Jenin refugee camp will remain a fortress of resistance, and the occupation will not succeed in breaking its will.”
This is the first time Israeli forces entered Jenin since the ‘Home and Garden’ operation at the beginning of July, reportedly the largest Israeli military West Bank operation of its kind in two decades.
The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.